I think Backes is done for the season and you'll be lucky to see him for opening night in October. That hit was nasty and when he stood up you could tell he was out of it and that was scary. Hossa had a bad hit from Torres 2 years ago and was out for 9 months. I think it's unlikely Backes is back for the playoffs this season. Granted everyone's body is different and it's impossible to tell how bad his brain was bruised in that hit - that's why time is needed to tell. I think it's all too risky to his life to rush him back out there. Despite the fact that both teams each want to win Backes life is more important than the Stanley Cup.
Everyone is different. Every hit is different.
The hit looked nasty as hell...and he was knocked out and was certainly woozy when he jumped up. But he didn't lay there on the ice motionless. He didn't need two guys holding each arm as he skated off.
He got up, very shakily, but he got up and was yelling at everyone, and he skated off with little help. He then got on the plane to Chicago that night. Which I thought was encouraging at the time. He wouldn't have flown if his concussion was severe.
He wasn't forced to lay down in a dark room for days, he apparently isn't suffering any significant (or any) post concussion syndrome symptoms...but I guess we don't know for sure either way.
The helmet could have done it's job, for the most part...maybe.
I'm just going to wait and see. Making any proclamations about him being done for the season or not is pure speculation at best.
Typical rest/recovery for a standard/mild concussion is approx 6 days...according to the Mayo Clinic. I would have thought more...but I'm not a doctor either.
I don't know why Hitch would say he'd be back in 2-3 days if he wasn't told that...you'd think that would be a let down for everyone if he isn't back in 2-3 days. But then again, I'm not sure why he would volunteer that info either. You'd think it would be nice to play possum and spring that on the Hawks during the pre-game skate the day he is to come back.
Based on how they are talking (unless you want to play the role of pessimistic pretend doctor), I'd expect Backes back rather soon. And if he comes back before Seabrook...that's a huge plus for the Blues.