Injuries/Illness/Personal Leaves Around the NHL–January 23, 2021

With the start of the 2020-21 season, there are injuries to some of the game’s top players. David Pastrnak (BOS) has not played yet and will likely be out another two to three weeks. Neither have Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) and Nikita Kucherov (TBL), who are out for an undetermined period of time. And the young budding stars Alex Turcotte (LAK) and Nico Hischier (NJD) who should return in the coming weeks but have yet to take to the NHL ice.

And then there is COVID, which has ravaged the Dallas Stars, who will just start their season this coming Friday night (January 22; 8:30 pm EST)) against the Predators. Approximately 20 players are sidelined right now under the NHL’s COVID protocol, either because of testing positive, being exposed, being quarantined after coming from overseas, or just being plain ill.

That’s a lot of players, and the absences, as well as the shortened training camps with the lack of pre-season games, have been affecting their teams (and the lopsided scores) greatly.

We are trying to keep you abreast of who is out (and why, if it is announced). Just know that this list can change quickly, so come back often.

Today’s List

The way this is set up is by team, with the player’s name; the nature of the injury; whether he is on the IR or LTIR or just “out”; the nature of the injury; and when he is expected to return.


Ryan Kesler–LTIR–hip injuries–unlikely return (one more year on contract); Brendan Guhle–LTIR–MCL (Knee)–5 more weeks; Josh Manson–IR–oblique muscle injury–6 weeks; Sonny Milano–IR–unknown–unknown; Antti Raanta–out–unknown–day-to-day


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


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


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


Dillion Dube–out–lower body injury–day-to-day


Jordan Staal–COVID protocol–unknown; Teuvo Tervainen–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day;  Warren Foegele–out–COVID protocol–indefinite; Jordan Martinook–out–COVID protocol–indefinite; Jaccob Slavin–out–COVID protocol–indefinite


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.


Pavel Francouz–out–lower body injury–day-to-day; Andre Burakovsky–out–upper body injury–day-to-day


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


Tyler Seguin–out–hip surgery–2 months; Julius Honka--IR–unknown–Unknown; Stephen Johns--LTIR–post-concussion issues–unknown; Ben Bishop–LTIR–knee surgery–2 to 3 months; Blake Comeau–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day; Jamie Benn–out–lower body injury–unknown


Henrik Zetterberg–IR–back—will not be returning; Jared McIsaac–IR–shoulder surgery–2 to 3 months; Robbie Fabbri–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Adam Erne–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Sam Gagner–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Jon Merrill–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Filip Zadina–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day


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


Juho Lammikko–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day

Los Angeles

Alex Turcotte–out–lower body injury–week-to-week; Martin Frk–out–lower body injury–week-to-week; Mat Luff–out–undiscl0sed–day-to-day


Marco Rossi–IR–upper body injury–Indefinite; Mats Zuccarello–IR–arm surgery–unknown; Alex Stalock–IR–upper body injury, COVID protocol–indefinite; Cam Talbot–out–unknown–day-to-day; Nico Sturm–out–illness–day-to-day


Paul Byron–out–unknown–day-to-day; Joel Armia–concussion–unknown


Calle Jarnkrok–out–unknown–unknown

New Jersey

Nico Hischier–IR–foot issues–day-to-day; Jesper Bratt–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day; Mackenzie Blackwood–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Sami Vatanen–out-visa issues, COVID protocol

NY Islanders

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

NY Rangers



Vitaly Abramov–IR–unknown–unknown; Tim Stutzle–out–undisclosed–day-to-day


Isaac Ratcliffe–IR–rib injury–unknown; Wade Allison–IR–unknown–unknown; Kirill Ustamenko–IR–hip surgery–3 to 4 months; Sean Couturier–out–shoulder–2 to 3 weeks; Philippe Myers–out–rib injury–week-to-week; Morgan Frost–IR–shoulder injury–unknown; Mark Friedman–out–unknown–day-to-day


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; Marcus Pettersson–out–upper body injury–week-to-week; Juuso Riikola–out–upper body injury–unknown

San Jose


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; Marco Scandella–out–upper body injury–day-to-day

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


Nick Robertson–LTIR–knee injury–4 weeks;  Joe Thornton–LTIR–rib injury–4 weeks; Auston Matthews–out–upper body–day-to-day


Michael Ferland–LTIR–concussion–indefinite; Jayce Hawryluk–LTIR–unknown–unknown; Jalen Chatfield–out–upper body injury–unknown; Alex Edler–out–unknown–unknown; Travis Hamonic–IR–upper body injury–unknown




Beck Malenstyn–LTIR–achilles surgery–5 to 6 months; Michal Kempny–LTIR–achilles surgery–3 to 4 months; Henrik Lundqvist–LTIR–heart surgery–indefinite; Evgeny Kuznetsov–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Dmitry Orlov–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Alex Ovechkin—out–COVID protocol–unknown; Ilya Samsonov–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Tom Wilson–out–lower body injury–unknown


Bryan Little–LTIR–head injury–indefinite; Dominic Toninato–LTIR–unknown–unknown; Anton Forsberg–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Tucker Poolman–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Patrik Laine–out–upper body injury–day-to-day; Nate Thompson–out–lower body injury–day-to-day

For our list of players out during the first week of the season, see

About the Author

Leslie Treff

Leslie Treff is a contributor for NY Sports Day, covering NY NHL teams. 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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