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Will former NHL players accept a settlement for the concussions they suffered?

Last Updated Jan 25, 2019 at 10:58 am EDT

Phoenix Coyotes' Daniel Carcillo, bottom, reacts after hitting his head on the ice as Vancouver Canucks' Rob Davison lands on top of him after fighting during first period NHL action in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday, January 15, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The league has offered a settlement to 318 former players who were part of a dismissed class action suit that alleged it failed to disclose the dangers of head injuries. Over the next two weeks, those players have a choice: Take the money, as insufficient as it may be in many cases, or take on the NHL by themselves.

Several players in the original suit have already made their plans to refuse the money and have their day in court explicit. And it’s those cases that will determine the future of the concussion narrative in Canada’s favourite sport. But what happens to the players who have no choice but to take whatever they’re offered? Why is the NHL’s settlement so paltry compared to the $1-billion-plus offered by the NFL? How do former players see their futures in light of the past few years? And will we look back at Dan Carcillo and Nick Boynton as revolutionaries one day?

GUEST: Dan Robson, The Athletic

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