Ah, Scott Campbell. From the New York Times:
Scott Campbell, defenseman of the St. Louis Blues, will leave the team rather than take medication prescribed for his recurring headaches, the Blues said today.
Campbell has returned to his home in Toronto and is unsure about his future, a team spokesman said, adding that ''the door is not closed to his coming back.''
A specialist in Detroit diagnosed Campbell's ailment as vascular migraine headaches and presribed a medication, the name of which was not disclosed. Campbell could not play without taking the medication, which would be in addition to other medication he takes to control asthma, the team said.
Campbell, acquired from Winnipeg on July 3, sat out training camp because of the headaches. He missed the first eight games of the season, then suffered headaches again after attempting to play in the ninth game. Medical specialists in the St. Louis area were unable to determine the cause of the headaches.
The prescribed medication is not known to have harmful side effects, the club spokesman said. ''The decision is Campbell's alone, and I respect any man's decision in the area of his own personal health,'' said General Manager Emile Francis. ''While we are genuinely disappointed that Scott will not be playing for us at this time, no one can force him to take this medication when he is personally opposed to the treatment.''