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2009 NHL INJURY REPORT

Postby THE OUTSIDERS » March 28, 2009, 7:39 pm

Injury Report

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Anaheim Ducks
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Francois Beauchemin D November 15, 2008 Torn left ACL Injured Reserve May 15, 2009
Comments: Beauchemin will miss about six months after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He was placed on the injured reserve Monday and had surgery Thursday.
Bret Hedican D February 28, 2009 Back spasms Day-to-Day March 31, 2009
Comments: Hedican remains sidelined with back spasms since February 28.
Brad Larsen LW October 5, 2008 Sports hernia/hip surgery Injured Reserve October 1, 2009
Comments: Already out with sports hernia, Larsen has also had hip surgery and may be out for the season, the Edmonton Journal reported.

Atlanta Thrashers
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Jim Slater C March 16, 2009 Shoulder Day-to-Day March 26, 2009
Comments: Slater did not play Tuesday after injuring his shoulder on Saturday.
Boris Valabik D March 20, 2009 Upper-body injury Day-to-Day March 26, 2009
Comments: Valabik has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury.

Boston Bruins
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Marco Sturm LW December 20, 2008 Left ACL, meniscus surgery Injured Reserve October 1, 2009
Comments: Sturm is out for the season. Sturm, who led the Bruins with 27 goals last season, had surgery Tuesday on his left knee. Doctors repaired his meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament and said the operation was successful.

Buffalo Sabres
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Adam Mair C March 17, 2009 Knee Day-to-Day March 28, 2009
Comments: Mair has missed the last three Buffalo games due to a knee injury.
Ryan Miller G February 22, 2009 Left high ankle sprain Injured Reserve March 27, 2009
Comments: Miller is scheduled to play against Toronto on Friday, marking his first start after missing a month with a sprained left ankle.

Calgary Flames
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Todd Bertuzzi LW March 3, 2009 Leg Injured Reserve April 6, 2009
Comments: Bertuzzi has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss about a month, the Flames' official Web site reported.
Rene Bourque LW February 21, 2009 Ankle Injured Reserve April 2, 2009
Comments: Bourque is on track toward a return from a high ankle sprain, but it's unclear if that will come before the end of the regular season, the Calgary Sun reported.
Mark Giordano D February 21, 2009 Upper-body injury Injured Reserve March 28, 2009
Comments: Giordano was placed on the reserve Saturday with a lower-body injury.
Wayne Primeau C December 7, 2008 Broken foot Injured Reserve March 26, 2009
Comments: Primeau remains a few weeks from returning from a broken foot, the Calgary Sun reported.
Andre Roy LW March 20, 2009 Upper-body injury Injured Reserve April 6, 2009
Comments: Roy is sidelined with a hand injury and will be wearing a cast, the Calgary Sun reported. The news isn't so good for LW Andre Roy. Keenan said Roy will be "out for a bit" with a hand injury and will be wearing a cast on his right hand for the next while. Keenan said Roy didn't suffer any broken bones, and the cast is to prevent him from moving his hand.
Rhett Warrener D October 8, 2008 Shoulder Injured Reserve April 2, 2009
Comments: Warrener has been practicing in hopes of returning from a serious shoulder injury, the Calgary Sun reported. He has not played all season.

Carolina Hurricanes
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Matt Cullen C March 23, 2009 Lower-body injury Day-to-Day March 28, 2009
Comments: Cullen has missed back-to-back games due to a lower-body injury he suffered against Washington on Saturday.
Dan LaCouture LW December 29, 2008 Indefinitely by team Suspended October 1, 2009
Comments: LaCouture was suspended indefinitely by the Hurricanes at the end of December, according to the Raleigh News and Observer.
Scott Walker RW March 7, 2009 Upper-body injury Day-to-Day April 2, 2009
Comments: Walker has suffered through concussion-like symptoms and remains out indefinitely.

Chicago Blackhawks
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Cam Barker D March 22, 2009 Lower-body injury Day-to-Day March 25, 2009
Comments: Barker sat out Sunday's game against Los Angeles with a lower-body injury.
Ben Eager LW March 21, 2009 Three games by NHL for 3/20 blow to head Suspended March 29, 2009
Comments: Eager was suspended for three games without pay by the NHL on Saturday night for a hit to the head on Edmonton left wing Liam Reddox in the Oilers' 5-4 shootout victory Friday night.
Brent Sopel D December 26, 2008 Upper-body injury Injured Reserve March 29, 2009
Comments: Sopel has been placed on long-term injured reserve due to an undisclosed injury, the Daily Herald (Ill.) reported.

Colorado Avalanche
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Kyle Cumiskey D January 30, 2009 Shoulder Injured Reserve October 1, 2009
Comments: A shoulder injury has Cumiskey sidelined indefinitely, according to the Rocky Mountain News.
David Jones RW January 28, 2009 Shoulder Injured Reserve April 1, 2009
Comments: Jones made his return from a back injury Jan. 27 against San Jose, only to leave again in the second period with a dislocated shoulder. He is on injured reserve.
Joe Sakic C November 29, 2008 Herniated disc/broken fingers Injured Reserve March 27, 2009
Comments: The Colorado Avalanche remain confident that Sakic will return to the ice this season after he recovers from a back operation and three broken fingers.
Paul Stastny C March 19, 2009 Broken foot Day-to-Day April 7, 2009
Comments: Stastny's foot injury was revealed to be broken during a CT scan on Tuesday.
Marek Svatos RW March 25, 2009 Head Day-to-Day April 5, 2009
Comments: Svatos left Sunday's contest in San Jose with a head injury.
Daniel Tjarnqvist D March 18, 2009 Facial laceration Day-to-Day March 27, 2009
Comments: Tjarnqvist has now missed four straight games due to a gash above his eye and a concussion.
Darcy Tucker RW March 18, 2009 Tight back Day-to-Day March 27, 2009
Comments: Tucker has now missed four straight games after his back tightened up earlier this month.

Columbus Blue Jackets
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Derick Brassard C December 20, 2008 Dislocated shoulder, surgery Injured Reserve October 1, 2009
Comments: Brassard, who is leading all NHL rookies in points, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a dislocated shoulder that will require surgery. General manager Scott Howson said Monday that Brassard will undergo surgery in early January. He was injured during a game Thursday in Dallas.
Jason Chimera LW February 25, 2009 Groin surgery Injured Reserve April 8, 2009
Comments: Chimera will undergo surgery Wednesday for a groin injury, and is expected to be sidelined for four to five weeks. General manager Scott Howson made the announcement midway through Columbus' matchup against Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
Fredrik Modin LW March 6, 2009 Knee Day-to-Day March 26, 2009
Comments: Modin (knee) has missed the last eight games and 16 of 17.
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen D February 10, 2009 Lower-body injury Injured Reserve March 28, 2009
Comments: The Blue Jackets placed Tollefsen on injured reserve Saturday, and the defenseman is expected to miss four to six weeks with a lower-body ailment.

Dallas Stars
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Brenden Morrow LW November 21, 2008 Torn right ACL Injured Reserve September 20, 2009
Comments: Morrow will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Toby Petersen C February 24, 2009 Broken left foot Injured Reserve March 26, 2009
Comments: Petersen left early in the second period of the Sharks' 1-0 win at Dallas on Monday night with a lower-body injury and did not return.
Brad Richards C March 24, 2009 Broken left hand Injured Reserve October 1, 2009
Comments: Richards is out indefinitely again after breaking his hand Saturday against San Jose, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Sergei Zubov D November 30, 2008 Hip Injured Reserve October 1, 2009
Comments: Zubov will have hip surgery in January and will miss the rest of the season, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Detroit Red Wings
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Tomas Holmstrom RW March 17, 2009 Strained knee Day-to-Day March 24, 2009
Comments: Holmstrom did not play in Tuesday's game because of a strained knee.
Andreas Lilja D March 3, 2009 Concussion Injured Reserve March 27, 2009
Comments: Lilja's recovery from a concussion suffered in late February is going slowly and he has yet to start riding a bike to work on his conditioning.

Edmonton Oilers
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Liam Reddox LW March 20, 2009 Concussion Day-to-Day March 27, 2009
Comments: Reddox is sidelined with a concussion from an elbow to the head by Chicago's Ben Eager this past Friday.
Lubomir Visnovsky D February 4, 2009 Right labrum surgery Injured Reserve October 3, 2009
Comments: Visnovsky will have season-ending shoulder surgery this week.

Florida Panthers
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Bryan Allen D October 16, 2008 Left knee surgery Injured Reserve March 31, 2009
Comments: Allen is set to have surgery on his left knee Monday and will be out until at least March.
Nathan Horton C March 10, 2009 Lacerated left ring finger Day-to-Day March 23, 2009
Comments: Horton will mess two to four weeks because of sliced tendon in his finger.

Los Angeles Kings
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Alexander Frolov LW March 23, 2009 Lower-body injury Day-to-Day March 31, 2009
Comments: Frolov is expected to miss 7-10 days with an undisclosed lower-body injury suffered at the end of a loss at Chicago on Sunday.

Minnesota Wild
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Derek Boogaard LW March 24, 2009 Upper-body injury Day-to-Day March 28, 2009
Comments: Boogaard missed Tuesday's game against the New York Rangers with an upper-body injury.
Brent Burns D March 7, 2009 Concussion-like symptoms Day-to-Day April 3, 2009
Comments: Burns is out indefinitely due to concussion-like symptoms.
Mikko Koivu C March 23, 2009 Right knee Day-to-Day April 13, 2009
Comments: Koivu will miss at least a week with a knee injury and could miss the rest of the regular season.

Montreal Canadiens
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Francis Bouillon D February 20, 2009 Groin Injured Reserve April 6, 2009
Comments: Bouillon will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a groin muscle injury, according to the Montreal Gazette.
Robert Lang C February 2, 2009 Torn left Achille's tendon Injured Reserve March 28, 2009
Comments: Lang left a 3-1 loss to Boston on Sunday 8 1/2 minutes into the third when he had a tendon in his left heel sliced by a skate after a harmless-looking hit into the boards on Stephane Yelle.
Pavel Valentenko D October 31, 2008 Indefinitely by team, did not report Suspended March 31, 2009
Comments: The Canadiens suspended Valentenko without pay Friday after the prospect left the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs to sign a three-year contract with Dynamo Moscow.

Nashville Predators
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Jason Arnott C March 12, 2009 Concussion Day-to-Day March 26, 2009
Comments: Arnott has not played since March 10 with a possible concussion according to The Tennessean.
Radek Bonk C February 22, 2009 Upper-body injury Day-to-Day March 24, 2009
Comments: Bonk has not played since a 1-0 overtime win in St. Louis on Feb. 21 due to an upper-body injury.
Alexander Radulov RW September 2, 2008 Indefinitely by team for signing in KHL Suspended October 1, 2009
Comments: The Nashville Predators suspended Radulov indefinitely without pay for deciding to stick with his Russian KHL team rather than return to the NHL club. The 22-year-old Radulov had a season left on his entry level contract with the Predators, but signed a contract with a Russian KHL team. The Predators had given Radulov, their third-leading scorer last season with 58 points, until Monday to let them know if he decided to rejoin the team in time for the upcoming season.

New Jersey Devils
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Patrik Elias LW March 23, 2009 Lower-body injury Day-to-Day March 27, 2009
Comments: Elias sat out New Jersey's game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night because of lower body soreness.

New York Islanders
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Sean Bergenheim LW March 12, 2009 Strained groin Day-to-Day March 28, 2009
Comments: Bergenheim has missed the last five games due to a strained groin suffered on March 10th.
Rick DiPietro G January 8, 2009 Knee swelling Injured Reserve October 1, 2009
Comments: DiPietro is out for the season because of continuing problems with a surgically repaired knee. The Islanders cited persistent swelling and took precautionary action because they are not in playoff contention.
Trent Hunter RW March 8, 2009 Fractured ankle Day-to-Day October 1, 2009
Comments: Hunter fractured his ankle in Saturday's game against New Jersey and will miss the rest of the season.
Freddy Meyer D January 6, 2009 Strained groin Injured Reserve April 4, 2009
Comments: Meyer was placed on injured reserve with a strained groin.
Mike Sillinger C December 30, 2008 Hip surgery Injured Reserve April 12, 2009
Comments: Sillinger underwent hip surgery for the second time in a year and will miss the remainder of the season, the Islanders said Tuesday.
Andy Sutton D December 20, 2008 Broken right foot Injured Reserve October 1, 2009
Comments: Sutton has recovered from foot surgery, but the Islanders are unlikely to risk returning him to game action this season, Newsday reported.
Doug Weight C February 12, 2009 Sprained MCL Injured Reserve April 1, 2009
Comments: Weight will be out six weeks because of a knee injury. Weight suffered an MCL sprain after colliding with Devils forward Brian Gionta in the second period of the Islanders' 4-2 loss at New Jersey on Wednesday.

New York Rangers
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Michal Rozsival D March 23, 2009 Lower-body injury Day-to-Day March 30, 2009
Comments: Rozsival is expected to be sidelined for 7-10 days with a lower-body injury.

Ottawa Senators
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Cody Bass C December 28, 2008 Shoulder Injured Reserve October 1, 2009
Comments: Bass will need surgery after injuring his shoulder in a Dec. 27 fight against Calgary's Eric Nystrom, Ottawa coach Craig Hartsburg told reporters Friday. He may miss the rest of the season, but will definitely be out for an extended period of time.
Pascal Leclaire G January 8, 2009 Ankle surgery Injured Reserve April 2, 2009
Comments: Leclaire, who was traded to the Ottawa Senators, may not be ready to return from ankle surgery before the end of the season.
Alexandre Picard D March 3, 2009 Groin Injured Reserve March 28, 2009
Comments: Picard hasn't played since Feb. 28 because of a groin injury.
Jason Smith D March 9, 2009 Lower-body injury Injured Reserve March 28, 2009
Comments: Smith still hasn't played since March 7 due to a lower-body injury. It's unclear when he'll return.
Anton Volchenkov D March 22, 2009 Lower-body injury Day-to-Day March 25, 2009
Comments: Volchenkov missed Sunday's game at the New York Rangers with a lower-body injury.

Philadelphia Flyers
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Derian Hatcher D September 20, 2008 Right knee Injured Reserve March 26, 2009
Comments: Hatcher will start the season on the injured list because of a knee problem that could jeopardize his career. The Flyers said they made the move out of respect for Hatcher to allow him the time to rehab or decide if he wants to retire.
Randy Jones D March 17, 2009 Hip Day-to-Day March 22, 2009
Comments: Jones will be out the next 7-10 days because of a hip injury, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Mike Rathje D September 20, 2008 Back Injured Reserve April 1, 2009
Comments: Rathje is on the long-term injury, where he's spent most of the past two seasons. There's a good chance Rathje will retire, but no decision has been made yet.

Phoenix Coyotes
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Brian McGrattan RW December 13, 2008 Indefinitely-voluntarily joins NHL rehab Suspended March 30, 2009
Comments: McGrattan agreed Saturday to enter the substance abuse program administered by the NHL and union. No specifics on his case were given in the announcement by the league and NHL Players' Association.

Pittsburgh Penguins
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Philippe Boucher D January 31, 2009 Left foot surgery Injured Reserve March 20, 2009
Comments: Boucher has been activated from injured reserve after foot surgery, but he hasn't yet returned to the lineup, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Mike Zigomanis C December 4, 2008 Undisclosed injury Injured Reserve April 11, 2009
Comments: Zigomanis is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. He had the procedure to repair his right rotator cuff Wednesday, and is expected to be sidelined for four to six months, according to the Penguins' official Web site.

San Jose Sharks
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Ryane Clowe LW March 19, 2009 Lower-body injury Day-to-Day March 26, 2009
Comments: Clowe is suffering from a lower-body injury and he has not played since last Tuesday against Phoenix.
Mike Grier RW March 1, 2009 Knee Injured Reserve April 11, 2009
Comments: Grier and Jeremy Roenick could be out of San Jose?s lineup until the playoffs with injuries, possibly spurring trade talks for the NHL-leading Sharks before Wednesday?s deadline.
Kent Huskins D January 1, 2009 Broken foot Injured Reserve April 2, 2009
Comments: Coming off foot surgery, Huskins has been skating and hopes to return to practice soon, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
Claude Lemieux RW March 3, 2009 Upper-body injury Injured Reserve March 28, 2009
Comments: Lemieux still hasn't played since Feb. 28 due to an upper-body injury, but he has been practicing for more than a week and could return soon, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
Patrick Marleau LW March 25, 2009 Personal reasons Day-to-Day March 26, 2009
Comments: Marleau did not travel with the Sharks for Wednesday's game in Chicago so he could stay in San Jose for the birth of his second child.
Torrey Mitchell C September 24, 2008 Fractured left leg Injured Reserve April 14, 2009
Comments: There is still hope that Mitchell could return this season, although that appears unlikely, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Jeremy Roenick C March 1, 2009 Shoulder Injured Reserve March 25, 2009
Comments: Roenick is expected to return Wednesday night at Chicago, the San Jose Mercury News reported. He has missed nearly a month and has played only five games since December following shoulder surgery.

St. Louis Blues
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Eric Brewer D December 13, 2008 Herniated disc in back Injured Reserve April 2, 2009
Comments: Brewer will undergo surgery for a herniated disc in his back and will be sidelined indefinitely.
Erik Johnson D September 23, 2008 Torn right ACL and MCL Injured Reserve October 1, 2009
Comments: Johnson, out for the season after injuring his knee during a preseason team golf outing in September, had surgery to repair a damaged ligament.
Paul Kariya LW November 6, 2008 Left hip surgery Injured Reserve October 1, 2009
Comments: Kariya underwent surgery on his right hip Tuesday, a little more than a month after an operation to fix his left hip.
D.J. King LW October 18, 2008 Shoulder surgery Injured Reserve September 20, 2009
Comments: King is expected to undergo season-ending surgery for a dislocated shoulder, according to Blues president John Davidson.
Keith Tkachuk LW March 20, 2009 Left wrist Day-to-Day March 24, 2009
Comments: Tkachuk missed one game after getting struck in the left wrist by a slap shot, returning to the lineup Tuesday against Los Angeles.

Tampa Bay Lightning
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Marek Malik D March 3, 2009 Lower-body injury Day-to-Day March 26, 2009
Comments: Malik has missed the last nine games due to a lower-body injury.
Andrej Meszaros D February 5, 2009 Left shoulder surgery Injured Reserve October 3, 2009
Comments: Meszaros is scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery on March 3 to repair a labrum tear in his left shoulder.
Paul Ranger D February 10, 2009 Left shoulder surgery Injured Reserve October 3, 2009
Comments: Ranger is scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery on March 3 to repair a labrum tear in his left shoulder.
Mike Smith G February 3, 2009 Post-concussion syndrome Injured Reserve March 29, 2009
Comments: Smith is still suffering from post-concussion syndrome that has kept him sidelined since Jan. 30.

Toronto Maple Leafs
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Jonas Frogren D March 8, 2009 Sprained MCL Day-to-Day October 5, 2009
Comments: Frogren sprained a medial collateral knee ligament and will not play again this season.
Martin Gerber G March 25, 2009 Three games by NHL for abuse of official Suspended April 3, 2009
Comments: Gerber received an automatic three-game suspension from the NHL on Wednesday for abusing referee Mike Leggo.Gerber was tossed with 56 seconds remaining in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Washington Capitals after he pushed Leggo and shot a puck in his direction. The actions violated rule 41.4, which calls for an automatic suspension.
Jamie Heward D January 2, 2009 Concussion Injured Reserve March 27, 2009
Comments: Heward sustained a concussion in a Jan. 1 loss to Washington and was taken to Sibley Memorial Hospital, where he was to be held overnight for further evaluation. He was placed on the injured reserve Jan. 2, and is out indefinitely. After getting traded to the Maple Leafs at the deadline, he hopes to return for Toronto this season, the Toronto Star reported.
Tomas Kaberle D March 5, 2009 Hand Day-to-Day April 1, 2009
Comments: Kaberle won't return from a hand injury until at least April 1 against Philadelphia, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported.
Olaf Kolzig G January 22, 2009 Upper-body injury Injured Reserve October 1, 2009
Comments: Kolzig was scheduled to have what was expected to be season-ending surgery Saturday on his left forearm.
Vesa Toskala G March 5, 2009 Torn labrum in hip, 3/10 surgery Day-to-Day October 5, 2009
Comments: Toskala underwent season-ending hip surgery on Monday to repair a torn labrum and is expected to have a rehabilitation time of 12 weeks.
Mike Van Ryn D March 8, 2009 Torn left MCL Day-to-Day October 5, 2009
Comments: Toronto announced Van Ryn will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament.

Vancouver Canucks
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Jannik Hansen RW February 22, 2009 Broken pinky finger Injured Reserve March 26, 2009
Comments: Hansen is back at practice after breaking a finger Feb. 19, and could return early next week.
Rick Rypien C October 19, 2008 Sports hernia Injured Reserve March 26, 2009
Comments: Rypien has recovered from sports hernia surgery, but coach Alain Vigneault said he has been given an indefinite leave of absence to deal with an undisclosed personal issue.

Washington Capitals
Player Pos Date Injury Status Expected Return
Donald Brashear LW March 12, 2009 Sprained knee Day-to-Day March 27, 2009
Comments: Brashear has not played since March 10 due to a sprained knee. It's unclear when he'll return.
Chris Clark RW January 31, 2009 Wrist surgery Injured Reserve October 10, 2009
Comments: Clark will undergo wrist surgery Thursday and will likely miss the rest of the season, according to the Washington Post.
Boyd Gordon C March 19, 2009 Broken finger Injured Reserve April 3, 2009
Comments: Gordon suffered a broken finger on Thursday and will be out of the lineup for 2-3 weeks.
Brent Johnson G February 3, 2009 Hip surgery Injured Reserve April 1, 2009
Comments: Johnson will have hip surgery next week and is expected to miss up to two months.

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