Jan 28, 2014, 6:48 PM EST
The Florida Panthers activated Tomas Kopecky from the injured reserve and placed rookie Aleksander Barkov (pictured) on it retroactively as they ready themselves for Tuesday’s match against the Boston Bruins.
The Miami Herald’s George Richards reports that Barkov, 18, is eligible to return from his knee injury as soon as Thursday, but is more likely to play against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Knee issues can be tricky, though, so we’ll see.
Those aren’t the only personnel moves worth noting, as Richards also reports that forward Shawn Matthias is a late omission because of the flu and defenseman Erik Gudbranson will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
The Bruins might be glad Matthias is out of the lineup, as he scored this shorthanded beauty against them last season:
(You know, like 15 different NHL scouts, though they might be more interested in skaters than a goalie who supposedly isn’t on the trading block. Allegedly.)
- Video: Stars retire Mike Modano’s jersey 2
- Rostislav Klesla passes on joining Sabres organization following trade 5
- Ryan Murray has knee surgery, likely done for season 1
- Washington finally signs top prospect Kuznetsov 31
- Roberto Luongo records the shutout in first game back with Panthers 29
- Steve Moore remains shocked, disgusted about Todd Bertuzzi attack 65
- Canucks’ Kassian gets three games for boarding Dillon 27
- TGIF: Why Lightning fans can be upset with St. Louis 32
- Goalie nods: Luongo’s first game back with Panthers, Neuvirth makes Sabres debut 14
- Report: Kuznetsov terminated KHL deal, headed to Washington 21
- Canucks trade Luongo to Panthers (93)
- BLOCKBUSTER: Lightning trade St. Louis to Rangers for Callahan (82)
- Kings make splash, acquire Gaborik from Columbus (72)
- Report: Canucks want center, top prospect and first-rounder for Kesler (68)
- Steve Moore remains shocked, disgusted about Todd Bertuzzi attack (65)