spoke to reporters today at First Niagara Center for the first time since the NHL decided not to suspend Boston’s Milan Lucic for his hit on Miller on Saturday night. Miller left the game after two periods, and the team announced Sunday he has a concussion.
Following are some of the highlights of Miller’s 10-minute talk with the media:What is your injury status today?
I’m not as well as I’d like to be, but considering, I feel alright. Just trying to kinda get through where my neck is pretty sore, trying to figure out if that’s more of a source of headaches or if what I was really feeling was my head started really hurting. I went from feeling great in the first period of the game, to feeling extreme tiredness and the onset of tightness in my neck. I talked to (team doctor) Bill Hartrich today, and he said it’s really common when you have a whiplash that you feel it the next day. I do have a lot of that. I have the concussion symptoms and a little bit of whiplash.What is your short term prognosis?
I just want to get to the point where my neck feels good and I can start to figure out where the headaches are really coming from … Right now I have to figure out if the neck is the source of some of these headaches or what level these symptoms are at. Because right now, it is concussion symptoms. You have to figure where that source is, eliminate that source if it could be the neck and you go from there. If you’re headache free then that’s great. I do think my neck feels better today than it did.
One thing I was disappointed with was the assessment of what came out of Boston, and some of what came out of the league, was it wasn’t a headshot. That was there conclusion as to why a concussion didn’t come of that. I didn’t know they were all doctors. Concussions are caused by many things, including a whiplash motion that sends your brain moving laterally or however you’re hit. It doesn’t need to be a direct impact. So with that fact alone, I’m rolling my eyes.CLICK TO HEAR TODAY'S COMPLETE AUDIO OF RYAN MILLERJames Reimer in Toronto has missed three weeks with whiplash symptoms - are you concerned with that diagnosis?
You always are concerned. Like last year, I thought I had a very simple “get your bell rung” and I missed five games. This, I don’t know how to put a timeline on it. But I am encouraged that my neck feels better. Once that starts to feel good I can make my way back.Were you satisfied with the team’s response to the Lucic hit?
I don’t think we need an all out donnybrook. These guys in here have my back. If that exact thing happens again, I’m sure there will be a very different reaction. I try and have their backs, I trust they have mine.Are you angry about the league’s decision not to suspend Lucic?
I’m disappointed but it’s out of my control. I had my sound bite, you know how I feel. I don’t think that’s changed much. On Lucic’s claim the he didn’t see Miller coming at him:
I heard what he had to say. Do I buy it? I think he said what he had to say to avoid getting suspended. If he didn’t see me? … I don’t know how that can happen.Do goalies need to be protected better by the rules?
I think this lies outside of that. I don’t think I was that far out of the net considering it was a free puck moving towards my crease. I went to make a reasonable play on the puck that many goalies make when a free puck is coming. That lies on the outside. What we see more is around the crease and guys crashing. Even our own defense is taught to collapse so it brings more people. I think there needs to be a little bit of discussion about that side of things, and it’s definitely something that I hope the NHLPA is taking into consideration right now. I know that I’ll be looking to talk to the guys on the competition committee when I have a chance.