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Veteran forward Paul Kariya to miss next season with post-concussion syndrome

Veteran forward Paul Kariya will miss the next NHL season after being diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome.

Kariya announced the decision through a release from his agent Friday.

The 35 year old is a free agent after spending the last three seasons with St. Louis.

Kariya scored 18 goals and added 25 assists with the Blues last season.

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Kariya missed six games last December and January after sustaining a concussion. He also missed playing for Canada 1998 Winter Olympics because of a concussion.

The two-time Lady Byng Trophy winner has 402 goals and 587 assists in a 15-year career with Anaheim, Colorado, Nashville and St. Louis.