No shortage of tests for D-man

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

Healing defenceman Tomas Kaberle certainly isn't lacking for medical opinions.

The concussed defenceman earlier this week visited well-known Montreal-based neurosurgeon Karen Johnston, who has treated, among others, the likes of Eric Lindros, Mike Richter and Scott Stevens in the past.

Kaberle followed that up by undergoing an MRI yesterday before heading out for dinner with his family last night. Should the tests result in his favour, he might be able to begin riding the stationary bike in four or five days.

"I try to explain to people that if anybody you know gets a concussion, there is no time frame (to come back)," Rick Curran, Kaberle's agent, said yesterday.

"You wake up feeling good one morning, so they let you ride the bike. If you still feel good after that, they let you ride it a little more.

"All you can do is rest and then follow the workout protocol."

Speaking publicly for the first time since being carted off the ice on a stretcher five days ago, Kaberle yesterday addressed a number of issues.

- Was Cam Janssen's three-game suspension enough?

"He got his three games and life goes on. I'm just glad I wasn't worse afterward. (The league) always looks at it as a review. They compare it to other incidents. It's in the hands of the league and the players' association now."

- Did you see a replay of the hit?

"I saw it. Things happen.You never want to see hits to the head."

- Have you heard the criticism that you left yourself open to the hit by admiring your pass?

"To be honest, not really. I passed the puck and was watching how the play was developing ... There always are going to be people saying stuff. You must live with it."

- What about the idea that no teammate stuck up for you and went after Janssen?

"I think they did. Look at the way (Bates) Battaglia came to the defence of Mats (Sundin) earlier in the game."

- Should your teammates have done a better job of seeking revenge?

"The best thing was that we won (4-3). I was on my way to the hospital when I heard that we had won and I was happy about that."


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