CHICAGO -- Dave Bolland is one of the lucky ones, more fortunate certainly than Sidney Crosby, who is still waiting to be medically cleared, hoping at some point to join the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Bolland didn't know if he'd be cleared either, thought seriously about shutting it down for the season nearly six weeks removed from a concussion that sidelined him for the final 14 games of the regular season and the first three games of the playoffs.
It wasn't just a matter of the headaches and nausea and "general fuzziness" to quote Bolland. The Chicago Blackhawks center, essentially on orders to stay inside, was holed up in his house.
"You get," he said, "a bit of depression. I stayed in my house for 2½ weeks. I was not going out, I wasn't seeing anybody... I really feel for guys who get these."
You think not going outside for a walk was challenging? The doctors also told Bolland to not send text messages. Bolland, who suffered a hit to the head on center ice in Tampa on March 9, failed a medical test just a week ago and he wasn't cleared to play until Tuesday morning. He was still suffering the symptoms of being concussed.