Feb 25, 2014, 9:58 AM EDT
The Florida Panthers sent two players to the 2014 Winter Olympics and lost them both. Forwards Aleksander Barkov and Tomas Kopecky are both listed as being out indefinitely as the NHL schedule resumes, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Barkov sustained a knee injury during Finland’s game against Norway. The Finnish Broadcasting Company suggested that he could be out for up to six weeks, but the Panthers might err on the side of caution and shut him down for the remainder of the season given that they have no realistic chance of making the playoffs anyways.
If that’s the case, then it’s an unfortunate end to an encouraging rookie season for the 18-year-old. Barkov is tied for 10th among rookies with 24 points in 54 games this season.
Kopecky was hurt when he was hit in the head by Slovenian defenseman Sabahudin Kovacevic while he was playing for Slovakia. As feared, Kopecky has a concussion as a result of the incident.
Kopecky is signed through the 2014-15 campaign, but the Panthers might have traded the 32-year-old forward before the deadline if he wasn’t hurt.
- Captain no more: Sharks strip Thornton of ‘C’ 34
- Tank defense: NHL changes up Draft Lottery format 45
- Fanspeak: Clarke voted greatest Flyer in franchise history 31
- Different tune: Moore hasn’t settled with Bertuzzi, says brother 26
- Rangers win Kevin Hayes sweepstakes 25
- Kovalev compares Subban to Leetch, says he isn’t worth the money 49
- Under pressure: Rick Nash 9
- Wang sells Isles to ex-Caps owner Ledecky 41
- Report: MLSE CEO Leiweke to step down (Update: Leiweke denies move) 6
- Report: Bertuzzi-Moore case settled out of court (Update: Bertuzzi’s lawyer confirms) 35