Following the Game 7 loss to the Rangers, Flyers goaltender Steve Mason addressed the media and revealed he did in fact have a concussion as The Orange Update's @215Cash first reported. Mason said he had headaches up until the night before Game 4.
It was player agent Allan Walsh's comment which brought forth the elephant in the room which is how Mason passed his concussion test for Game 4 if he had headaches the night before. Walsh tweeted "so much for protocols" in response to Mason's revelation about his headaches.
Mason, who turns 26 at the end of the month, played great for the Flyers in the playoffs and was the only reason the Flyers were in Game 7 until the bitter end. In five games (four starts) against the Rangers, Mason was 2-2 with a 1.97 GAA and a .939 SV%. Let's put it this way, his play on the ice after he returned from injury did not lead anyone to believe he was still suffering from concussion symptoms.
I've dealt with concussions in the past and still deal with post concussion syndrome on a daily basis. It's not fun but no one knows how bad my head hurts or how dizzy I am unless I say something. The protocols Walsh is referring to only work when the players abide by them too. I'm not saying the Flyers are innocent but they can only follow the protocols if Mason is honest about his symptoms.
Did Mason tell the Flyers he was dealing with a headache the night before Game 4? I don't know. If he did then the Flyers should be called on the carpet. If he didn't then you can't blame the Flyers for playing him if he passes his tests but failed to say he was suffering from headaches the night before.
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