Injuries/Illnesses and Personal Leave Around the NHL–February 2, 2021

Although there are still some top players who have long term injuries (Vladimir Tarasenko [STL] and Nikita Kucherov [TBL]). But COVID is taking its toll. The New Jersey Devils currently have 14 players on the list. 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–5 weeks; Sonny Milano–IR–upper body injury–day-to-day; Derek Grant–out–upper body injury–unknown


Marian Hossa–LTIR–skin disorder–not returning; Oliver Ekman-Larsson–IR–lower body injury–day-to-day; Christian Fischer–out–undisclosed–unknown


Ondrej Kase–IR–upper body injury–week-to-week; Matt Grzelcyk–out–lower body injury–day-to-day; Jake DeBrusk–out–lower body injury–day-to-day; John Moore–IR–lower body injury–unknown


Zemgus Girgensons–IR–hamstring surgery–6 months; Sam Reinhart–out–upper body injury–day-to-day; Taylor Hall–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Rasmus Ristolainen–out–COVID protocol–unknown


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


Petr Mrazek–out–upper body injury–unknown; Max McCormick–IR–upper body injury–unknown


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 injury–unknown; Brent Seabrook–IR–back–unknown;  Adam Boqvist–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Lucas Wallmark–out–COVID protocol–indefinite; Ryan Carpenter–out–COVID protocol–unknown


Pavel Francouz–out–lower body injury–week-to-week; Matt Calvert–out–upper body injury–unknown; Pierre-Edouard Bellemare–out–lower body injury–week-to-week; Devon Toews–out–lower body injury–week-to-week; Erik Johnson–out–upper body injury–week-to-week; Nathan MacKinnon–out–lower body injury–week-to-week


Brandon Dubinsky–LTIR–wrist–will not return; Gustav Nyquist–IR–shoulder surgery–3 to 4 months; Riley Nash–out–personal leave–day-to-day


Tyler Seguin–out–hip surgery–2 months; Stephen Johns–LTIR–post-concussion issues–unknown; Ben Bishop–LTIR–knee surgery–6 to 8 weeks; Andrej Sekera--out–COVID protocol–unknown


Henrik Zetterberg–IR–back—will not be returning; Jared McIsaac–IR–shoulder surgery–2 to 3 months;  Jonathan Bernier–out–upper body injury–day-to-day ; Tyler Bertuzzi–out–upper body injury–day-to-day; Sam Gagner–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Jon Merrill–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Filip Zadina–out–COVID protocol–unknown


Oscar Klefbaum–LTIR–shoulder injury–out for season; Mike Smith–LTIR–unfit to play–unknown;  Ethan Bear–out–unknown–day-to-day


Gustav Forsling–IR–upper body injury–1-to-2 weeks

Los Angeles

Matt Luff–out–undiscl0sed–day-to-day; Andreas Athanasiou–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Blake Lizotte–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Sean Walker–IR-upper body injury–indefinite; Matt Roy–out–upper body injury–indefinite


Marco Rossi–IR–upper body injury–indefinite; Mats Zuccarello–LTIR–arm surgery–unknown; Alex Stalock–IR–upper body injury–indefinite; Matt Dumba–IR–lower body injury–day-to-day; Marcus Johansson–out–unknown–unknown; Marcus Foligno–out–COVID protocol–unknown


Joel Armia–concussion–unknown


Calle Jarnkrok–out–unknown–unknown; Connor Ingram–out–player assistance program–unknown; Luca Sbisa–IR–upper body–unknown; Luke Kunin–out–lower body injury–day-to-day; Brad Richardson–out–upper body injury–day-to-day

New Jersey

Nico Hischier–IR–foot issues–day-to-day; Sami Vatanen–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day; Aaron Dell–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day; Connor Carrick–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Kyle Palmieri–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Travis Zajac–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Jesper Brattout–COVID protocol–unknown; Jack Hughes–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Andreas Johnsson–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Janne Kuokkanen—-out–COVID protocol–unknown; Michael McLeod–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Damon Severson--out–COVID protocol–unknown; Matt Tennyson–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Pavel Zacha–out–COVID protocol–unknown

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; Jack Johnson–out–groin strain–day-to-day; Colin Blackwell–out–upper body injury–day-to-day; Kappo Kakko–-out–COVID protocol–unknown; Brendan Smith–out–upper body injury–unknown


Vitaly Abramov–IR–unknown–unknown; Christian Wolanin–IR–lower body injury–7 to 10 days


Isaac Ratcliffe–IR–rib injury–unknown; Wade Allison–IR–unknown–unknown; Kirill Ustimenko–IR–hip surgery–3 to 4 months; Sean Couturier–IR–shoulder–1-2 weeks; Morgan Frost–IR–shoulder injury–unknown


Zach Aston-Reese–LTIR–shoulder surgery–week-to-week; Sam Miletic–IR–unknown–unknown; Zach Trotman–IR–knee surgery–2 to 4 weeks; Mike Matheson–IR–upper body injury–day-to-day; Marcus Pettersson--IR–upper body injury–week-to-week; Juuso Riikola–LTIR–upper body injury–unknown; Evan Rodrigues–LTIR–lower body injury–unknown; Brian Dumoulin–IR–lower body injury–week-to-week; Kris Letang–out–lower body injury–unknown

San Jose


St. Louis

Vladimir Tarasenko–LTIR–shoulder surgery–week-to-week; 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; Mitchell Stephens–out–leg injury–month-to-month


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


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


Alex Pietrangelo–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Brayden McNabb–LTIR–lower 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–day-to-day; Ilya Samsonov–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day; Lars Eller–out–upper body injury–day-to-day; Brian Pinho–out–undisclosed–day-to-day; Justin Schultz–out–upper body injury–day-to-day; Conor Sheary–out–lower body injury–day-to-day


Bryan Little–LTIR–head injury–out for season; Dominic Toninato–LTIR–unknown–unknown; Nate Thompson–IR–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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