Blake Geoffrion has reportedly informed the Montreal Canadiens that he is retiring.
"I love the game of hockey more than anything and this decision tears me up inside," Geoffrion told ESPN. "But we are talking about my brain."
However, Danny Geoffrion -- Blake's dad -- said his son is simply informing the Habs organization that retirement may be in his future and that a final decision will be made in the next few weeks, reports The Tennessean.
While playing with the Canadiens' AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, during the NHL lockout, Geoffrion suffered a fractured skull on a hit by Jean-Philippe Cote of the Syracuse Crunch Nov. 9 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. He underwent surgery that night for a depressed skull fracture.
Geoffrion, 25, updated his health on Feb. 6 in Montreal, saying he was not retiring.
"I know in my heart I'll come back from this. I'll do whatever I have to do to come back to play the game. I miss the game dearly. I've watched every single game of the Canadiens."
In 55 games with the Habs and Nashville Predators, Geoffrion has eight goals and 13 points.