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You can stop asking now, says Stoll

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Jarret Stoll says his head feels great, thanks for asking.

Now stop asking.

"It's fine, I'm over it," said Stoll, who missed the last 30 games of last season with a lingering bout of post-concussion syndrome after being hit from behind by Samuel Pahlsson.

"The only time I talk about it is when you guys ask."

Everyone has been asking about Stoll's health, and the concern is understandable. Players who suffer head injuries are often more susceptible to future concussion trouble, and Stoll is a cornerstone of the organization.

Put two and two together and you can see why Oilers fans are nervous.

"The head is fine, it's been fine since the middle of May," said Stoll, adding the symptoms left as quickly as they came.

"All of a sudden it cleared up. As anyone who's had a concussion before knows, you don't know the timeline of when you're going to get better, when it's going to clear up, but you notice it pretty quick.

"You get up one morning and you feel good, you feel fresh and focused. That's how it went down for me. That's when I started training, started easing into it, and found it was fine. There were no symptoms, no headaches.

"There were five, six or seven symptoms I had back in Edmonton at the end of the season.

"As soon as those cleared up they were gone and never came back. It was night and day how I felt."

He hasn't been hit yet, and says the prospect of it doesn't bother him a bit.

"I'm not even worried about that.

"Sometimes, when you have an injury like that, maybe it's in your head mentally. It's tough to get it out. But when I'm out there skating around, scrimmaging, it's not even an issue."


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