McLellan still suffering concussion symptoms

McLellan still suffering concussion symptoms
March 3, 2012, 7:37 pm
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UPDATE (2:45 p.m.) -- Todd McLellan is out for the Sharks game against the Blues, CSNBayArea.com has confirmed.

SAN JOSE Sharks head coach Todd McLellan met with the media for the first time on Saturday morning since suffering a concussion behind the bench of last Sundays game in Minnesota.

McLellan has missed the last two games, and his status for tonights Sharks-Blues game remains uncertain, although the coach said he is feeling better every day and will return very soon.

I still have some moments that arent real good. I can tell you I have a much better appreciation for head injuries, McLellan said.

I was one of those guys that stated we probably all played with them and have all had them in the past, but until you really get cracked and feel the way Ive felt over the last five or six days, you tend to lose that opinion quickly and maybe appreciate a little bit more what a lot of these players have gone through.

McLellan appeared on the ice for the first time on Friday, posing for the annual team photo and then running practice immediately after. To an outside observer, everything appeared normal.

The symptoms returned on Friday afternoon, though.

I felt really good in the morning and didnt feel that good after practice, McLellan said.

As for the incident itself, when he was whacked in the head by the stick of Wild defenseman Marco Scandella early in the second period, McLellan said he doesnt quite remember what happened but can recall getting to his feet on the bench after collapsing.

I remember every thing before and I remember everything after, just getting up on the bench, he said.

McLellan would rather not be the center of attention as his team struggles to find its consistency, having not won back-to-back games in more than a month.

Its not about me. Weve got to play a game tonight and find a way to win. Were in a big battle, and you guys are focused on me.