Illnesses/Injuries and Personal Leave Around the NHL, January 28, 2021

Although there are still some top players who have long term injuries (Vladimir Tarasenko [STL] and Nikita Kucherov [TBL]), Alex Turcotte (LAK) and Nico Hischier (NJD) are closer to coming back. Carolina has an outbreak of COVID and several of their games have been postponed. Then there is the Washington Capitals, who had four players decide that they would ignore protocol and spend an evening in a hotel room without masks. Not only was the team fined $100,000 for this violation, but all four players were put into the COVID protocol. Despite this, as well as an injury to Tom Wilson, the Caps remain in first place in the very competitive East Division.

 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)–3 to 4 more weeks; Josh Manson–IR–oblique muscle injury–6 weeks; Sonny Milano–IR–upper body injury–day-to-day; Antti Raanta–out–unknown–day-to-day


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


David Pastrnak–IR–hip–day-to-day; Ondrej Kase–IR–upper body injury–week-to-week; Matt Grzelcyk–out–lower body injury–day-to-day; Jake DeBrusk–out–lower body injury–unknown



Zemgus Girgensons–IR–hamstring surgery–6 months; Henri Jokiharju–out–upper body injury–day-to-day


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


Jesper Fast–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day; 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–3 to 5 months; Zack Smith–IR–back–unknown; Brent Seabrook–IR–back–unknown; Alex DeBrincat–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Adam Boqvist–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Lucas Wallmark–out–COVID protocol–indefinite


Pavel Francouz–out–lower body injury–day-to-day; Matt Calvert–out–upper body injury–unknown


Brandon Dubinsky–LTIR–wrist–will not return; Gustav Nyquist–IR–shoulder surgery–3 to 4 months


Tyler Seguin–out–hip surgery–2 months; Stephen Johns–LTIR–post-concussion issues–unknown; Ben Bishop–LTIR–knee surgery–6 to 8 weeks; Jamie Benn–out–lower body injury–day-to-day; Roope Hintz–out–lower body–day-to–day


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; Darren Helm–out–unknown–unknown


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



Los Angeles

Alex Turcotte–out–lower body injury–week-to-week; Martin Frk–out–lower body injury–week-to-week; Matt 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–indefinite; Cam Talbot–out–lower body injury–day-to-day


Joel Armia–concussion–unknown


Calle Jarnkrok–out–unknown–unknown; Connor Ingram–out–player assistance program–unknown; Lucas Sbisa–IR–upper body–unknown

New Jersey

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

NY Islanders

Johnny Boychuk–LTIR–eye injury–not expected to return; Anthony Beauvillier–out–lower body injury–day-to-day

NY Rangers

Filip Chytil–out–upper body injury–4-6 weeks


Vitaly Abramov–IR–unknown–unknown; Christian Wolanin–out–lower body injury–unknown


Isaac Ratcliffe–IR–rib injury–unknown; Wade Allison–IR–unknown–unknown; Kirill Ustimenko–IR–hip surgery–3 to 4 months; Sean Couturier–out–shoulder–; Philippe Myers–IR–rib injury–day-to-day; Morgan Frost–IR–shoulder injury–unknown


Zach Aston-Reese–IR–shoulder surgery–day-to-day; Sam Miletic–IR–unknown–unknown; Zach Trotman–IR–knee surgery–4 to 6 weeks; Mike Matheson–IR–upper body injury–day-to-day; Marcus Pettersson--out–upper body injury–week-to-week; Juuso Riikola–out–upper body injury–unknown; Evan Rodrigues–out–lower body injury–unknown; Brian Dumoulin–out–unknown–unknown

San Jose


St. Louis

Vladimir Tarasenko–LTIR–shoulder surgery–unknown; Alexander Steen–LTIR–back injury–will not return; Robert Bortuzzo–IR–upper body injury–unknown; Scott Perunovich–out–upper body injury—unknown; Tyler Bozak–out–upper body injury–day-to-day

Tampa Bay

Nikita Kucherov–LTIR–hip surgery–out for regular season; Marian Gaborik--LTIR–back injury–will not return; Anders Nilsson–LTIR–post-concussion syndrome–indefinite; Curtis McElhinney–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Erik Cernak–out–upper body injury–day-to-day; Mitchell Stephens–out–leg injury–unknown


Nick Robertson–LTIR–knee injury–3 weeks;  Joe Thornton–LTIR–rib injury–4 weeks; Jack Campbell–out–leg injury–week-to-week


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




Beck Malenstyn–LTIR–achilles surgery–4 to 6 months; Michal Kempny–LTIR–achilles surgery–2 to 3 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–day-to-day; Lars Eller–out–unknown–day-to-day


Bryan Little–LTIR–head injury–out for season; Dominic Toninato–LTIR–unknown–unknown; Tucker Poolman–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Nate Thompson–out–lower body injury–day-to-day; Pierre-Luc Dubois–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day

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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