Injuries/Illness/Personal Leave Around the NHL–January 18, 2021

This is a first of a series of articles (or more like a list) giving our readers an idea of who is injured or ill or just “unavailable” to play hockey across the NHL. Sometimes, the list will change rapidly, so keep coming back to see where things are and when players are expected to return.

The way this is set up is the player’s name; the nature of the injury; whether he is on the IR or LTIR or out due to COVID protocol; the nature of the injury; and when he is expected to return.

Anaheim

Max Jones–IR–lower body–unknown return; Ryan Kesler–LTIR–hip injuries–unlikely return (one more year on contract); Brendan Guhle–LTIR–MCL (Knee)–5 more weeks

Arizona

Marian Hossa–LTIR–skin disorder–not returning; Oliver Ekman-Larsson–IR–upper body injury–unknown

Boston

David Pastrnak–IR–hip–2-3 weeks; Ondrej Kase–out–upper body injury–unknown

Buffalo

Zemgus Girgensons–IR–hamstring surgery–6 months; Kyle Okposo–out–lower body–day-to-day; Sam Reinhart–out–unknown–day-to-day

Calgary

None

Carolina

Jordan Staal–COVID protocol–unknown

Chicago

Jonathan Toews–LTIR–medical condition–unknown return; Kirby Dach–LTIR–wrist–4 months; Alex Nylander–LTIR–knee surgery–4 months; Zack Smith–IR–back–unknown; Brent Seabrook–IR–back–unknown.

Colorado

None

Columbus

Brandon Dubinsky–IR–wrist–unlikely to return; Gustav Nyquist–IR–shoulder surgery–3 to 4 months; Mikko Koivu–out –COVID protocol–day-to-day

Dallas

Roope Hintz–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day; Denis Gurianov–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day; Tyler Seguin–out–hip surgery–2 months; Julius Honka--IR–unknown–Unknown; Stephen Johns--LTIR–unknown–unknown; Ben Bishop–LTIR–knee surgery–2 to 3 months

Detroit

Henrik Zetterberg–IR–back—will not be returning; Jared McIsaac–IR–shoulder surgery–2 to 3 months; Christian Djoos–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Robbie Fabbri–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Adam Erne–out–COVID protocol–unknown

Edmonton 

Oscar Klefbaum–LTIR–shoulder injury–out for season; Mike Smith–LTIR–unknown–unknown

Florida

Juho Lammikko–out–undisclosed–day-to-day

Los Angeles

Alex Turcotte–out–lower body injury–week-to-week; Martin Frk–out–lower body injury–week-to-week

Minnesota

Marco Rossi–IR–upper body injury–Indefinite; Mats Zuccarello–IR–arm surgery–unknown; Alex Stalock–IR–upper body injury, COVID protocol–indefinite

Montreal

None

Nashville

Mikael Granlund–out–visa and quarantine issues–1 to 2 weeks

New Jersey

Nico Hischier–IR–foot issues–day-to-day; Eric Comrie–COVID protocol–indefinite

NY Islanders

Michael Dal Colle–IR–Unknown–unknown; Johnny Boychuk–LTIR–eye injury–not expected to return

NY Rangers

Kevin Rooney–out–undisclosed–day-to-day

Ottawa

Vitaly Abramov–IR–unknown–unknown

Philadelphia

Isaac Ratcliffe–IR–rib injury–unknown; Wade Allison–IR–unknown–unknown; Kirill Ustamenko–IR–hip surgery–3 to 4 months; Shayne Gostisbehere–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Sean Couturier–out–shoulder–2 to 3 weeks

Pittsburgh

Zach Aston-Reese–IR–shoulder surgery–4 weeks; Sam Miletic–out–unknown–unknown; Sam Trotman–IR–knee surgery–4 to 6 weeks; Mike Matheson–IR–unknown–unknown

San Jose

Radim Simek–out–knee issues–day-to-day

St. Louis

Vladimir Tarasenko–LTIR–shoulder surgery–unknown; Alexander Steen–LTIR–back injury–will not return; Erik Foley–out–concussion–indefinite; Robert Bortuzzo–IR–upper body injury–unknown

Tampa Bay

Nikita Kucherov–LTIR–hip surgery–indefinite; Marian Gaborik–LTIR–back injury–will not return; Anders Nilsson–LTIR–post-concussion syndrome–indefinite; Curtis McElhinney–out–COVID protocol–unknown

Toronto

Nick Robertson–out–knee injury–4 weeks

Vancouver

Michael Ferland–LTIR–concussion–indefinite; Jayce Hawryluk–LTIR–unknown–unknown; Jordie Benn–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day

Vegas

Jiri Patera–IR–unknown–unknown

Washington

Beck Malenstyn–LTIR–achilles surgery–5 to 6 months; Michal Kempny–LTIR–achilles surgery–3 to 4 months; Henrik Lundqvist–LTIR–heart surgery–indefinite

Winnipeg

Bryan Little–LTIR–head injury–indefinite; Dominic Toninato–LTIR–unknown–unknown; Anton Forsberg–COVID protocol–unknown; Tucker Poolman–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Dylan DeMelo–out–personal leave–day-to-day; Patrik Laine–out–upper body injury–day-to-day

About the Author

Leslie Treff

Leslie Treff is NY Sportsday's Hockey Editor. She has been covering the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils for more than 15 seasons. Leslie is a recognized expert in hockey prospects and has served as a scout for several independent agencies. A member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, in her former life, Leslie was an attorney in the judiciary in New York City.

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