Injuries/Illnesses/Personal Leave Around the NHL–February 28, 2021

COVID-19 seems to be less of a problem for NHL teams this week; as of yesterday, there were only five players on the unavailable list due to COVID protocols. There are still many games that were missed that need to be made up, and the standings are very lopsided (with one team having played as many as 24 games and two others playing only 16). But, with the new protocols, things have been getting better COVID-wise. Injuries is another matter, especially for St. Louis. 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.

Anaheim
Ryan Kesler–LTIR–hip injuries–unlikely return (one more year on contract); Brendan Guhle–LTIR–MCL (Knee)–1 to 2 more weeks; Josh Manson–IR–oblique muscle injury–3 weeks; Carter Rowney–IR–lower body injury–unknown

Arizona
Marian Hossa–LTIR–skin disorder–not returning; Darcy Kuemper–out–lower body injury–day-to-day; John Hayden–out–COVID protocol–day-to-day; Conor Garland–out–lower body injury–day-to-day

Boston
Ondrej Kase–IR–upper body injury–week-to-week; Matt Grzelcyk–IR–lower body injury–day-to-day; David Krejci–out–lower body injury–unknown; Jeremy Lauzon–IR–hand surgery–4 weeks; Kevan Miller–out–knee injury–day-to-day

Buffalo
Zemgus Girgensons–LTIR–hamstring surgery–out for the season; Jake McCabe–IR–knee injury–out for season; Will Borgen–IR–broken arm–6 to 8 weeks; Jack Eichel–out–lower body injury–day-today; Linus Ullmark–IR–lower body injury–one to two months

Calgary
Derek Ryan–LTIR–broken finger–unknown; Jacob Markstrom–IR–upper body injury–day-to-day

Carolina
Petr Mrazek–out–thumb surgery–week-to-week; Teuvo Teravainen–out–concussion–unknown

Chicago
Jonathan Toews–LTIR–medical condition–unknown; Kirby Dach–LTIR–wrist–4 months; Alex Nylander–LTIR–knee surgery–3 to 5 months; Zack Smith–IR–back injury–unknown; Brent Seabrook–IR–shoulder/hip/back issues–unknown; Andrew Shaw–IR–concussion protocol–day-to-day; Lucas Carlsson–IR–groin injury–10 to 14 days;  Dylan Strome–out–concussion protocol–day-to-day

Colorado
Pavel Francouz–LTIR–lower body injury–week-to-week; Erik Johnson–IR–upper body injury–week-to-week; Dennis Gilbert–IR–facial surgery–4 to 6 weeks; Cale Makar–out–upper body injury–day-to-day

Columbus
Brandon Dubinsky–LTIR–wrist–will not return; Gustav Nyquist–IR–shoulder surgery–2 to 3 months; Elvis Merzlikins–IR–arm injury–day-to-day

Dallas
Tyler Seguin–out–hip surgery–2 months; Stephen Johns–LTIR–post-concussion issues–unknown; Ben Bishop–LTIR–knee surgery–6 to 8 weeks; Alexander Radulov–IR–lower body injury–day-to-day

Detroit
Jared McIsaac–IR–shoulder surgery–2 to 3 months;  Tyler Bertuzzi–IR–upper body injury–week-to-week; Dylan Larkin–out–upper body injury–day-to-day

Edmonton
Oscar Klefbaum–LTIR–shoulder injury–out for season; Zach Kassian–LTIR–undisclosed–week-to-week; William Lagesson–IR–upper body–unknown; Slater Koekkoek–LTIR–broken collarbone–out for rest of season

Florida
Noel Acciari–out–upper body injury–day-to-day; Marcus Nutivaara–IR–upper body injury–unknown; Gustav Forsling–out–unknown–day-to-day

Los Angeles
Jaret Anderson-Dolan–IR–upper body injury–week-to-week; Martin Frk–out–lower body injury–week-to-week

Minnesota
Marco Rossi–IR–upper body injury–indefinite;  Alex Stalock–IR–upper body injury–indefinite; Marcus Johansson–out–upper body injury–day-to-day

Montreal
Josh Anderson–out–upper body injury–day-to-day

Nashville
Connor Ingram–out–player assistance program–unknown; Luca Sbisa–IR–upper body–unknown; Brad Richardson–IR–upper body injury–day-to-day; Mathieu Olivier–IR–upper body injury–unknown

New Jersey
Ryan Murray–out–upper body injuryday-to-day

NY Islanders
Johnny Boychuk–LTIR–eye injury–not expected to return; Cory Schneider–out–personal leave–day-to-day; Cal Clutterbuck–out–undisclosed–day-to-day

NY Rangers
Filip Chytil–IR–upper body injury–day-to-day; Jacob Trouba–out–broken finger–4 weeks; Kappo Kakko–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Artemi Panarin–out–personal leave–unknown

Ottawa
Derek Stepan–IR–upper body injury–day-to-day; Marcus Hogberg–IR–lower body injury–week-to-week

Philadelphia
Wade Allison–IR–unknown–unknown; Kirill Ustimenko–IR–hip surgery–2 to 3 months; Travis Konecny–out–COVID protocol–unknown; Morgan Frost–IR–shoulder surgery–indefinite

Pittsburgh
Sam Miletic–IR–unknown–unknown; Juuso Riikola–LTIR–upper body injury–unknown; Evan Rodrigues–LTIR–lower body injury–unknown; Brian Dumoulin–LTIR–lower body injury–week-to-week; Jason Zucker–IR–lower body injury–indefinite; Mark Jankowski–out–upper body injury–day-to-day

San Jose
Tomas Hertl–out–COVID protocol–unknown

St. Louis
Vladimir Tarasenko–LTIR–shoulder surgery–day to day; Carl Gunnarsson–LTIR–knee injury–out for season; Alexander Steen–LTIR–back injury–will not return; Scott Perunovich–out–shoulder surgery—out for the season; Tyler Bozak–IR–upper body injury–day-to-day; Colton Parayko–out–undisclosed–day-to-day; Robert Thomas–IR–broken thumb–4 to 6 weeks; Jaden Schwartz–out–lower body injury–day-to-day; Ivan Barbashev–IR–ankle injury–6 weeks; Erik Foley–out–concussion–indefinite

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–LTIR–leg injury–month-to-month

Toronto
Wayne Simmonds–LTIR–broken wrist–5 weeks; Auston Matthews–out–wrist injury–day-to-day; Frederik Andersen–out–lower body injury–day-to-day

Vancouver
Michael Ferland–LTIR–concussion–indefinite; Tyler Motte–LTIR–lower body injury–week-to-week; Justin Bailey–IR–upper body injury–unknown

Vegas
Brayden McNabb–LTIR–lower body injury–unknown; Robin Lehner–out–upper body injury–unknown

Washington
Beck Malenstyn–LTIR–achilles tendon surgery–4 to 6 months; Michal Kempny–LTIR–achilles tendon surgery–week-to-week; Henrik Lundqvist–LTIR–heart surgery–indefinite; Evgeny Kuznetsov–out–upper body injury–day-to-day

Winnipeg
Bryan Little–LTIR–head injury–out for season; Tucker Poolman–IR–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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