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Report: Barkov could miss 4-6 weeks with knee injury

Feb 15, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT

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Florida Panthers and Team Finland forward Aleksander Barkov could be out a bit longer after the injury he suffered against Norway.

A Finnish site reports Barkov will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a knee injury. Barkov battled a knee injury earlier this season that cost him four games.

George Richards of The Miami Herald suggests the Panthers could shut Barkov down for the year because there are eight weeks left in the season.

Barkov went into the Olympics holding down a lofty spot on a line with Mikael Granlund and Teemu Selanne. Playing with Selanne was something the 18-year-old Barkov was looking forward to doing.

While his Olympics were already shot, the blow it deals to the Panthers lineup is a tough one. Barkov had been playing on the top line in Florida and was showing he was worth the team taking him second overall in the 2013 NHL Draft.

  1. sportsfan69 - Feb 15, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Barkov’s Olympic experience was NOT a waste. He had the opportunity to play with his legendary hero Teemu, which in time will allow him to grow as a player and leader. It’s all good stuff.

  2. trick9 - Feb 15, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    He was picked 2nd overall in 2013.

  3. csilojohnson - Feb 15, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Thats going to hurt a Panthers team that has played well under the new coach. Any hopes at a playoff spot were all but smashed before Barkov’s injury. So probably not a huge deal unless it carries over into next season.

  4. stakex - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Its situations like this that make me side with those who argue NHL players have no place in the Olympics. NHL teams are built around these players, and they are paid very well to play NHL hockey. Thus it seems rather strange to allow them to go off and risk injury elsewhere that could see them removed from the lineup of a team that’s not only paying them a truck load of money, but depending on them playing.

    What if next its Crosby, or Ovechkin…. what if they suffer a season ending injury at the Olympics that damages their NHL team for the rest of the season? How is that fair to the organization that has invested so much into them?

    • colby7 - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      I would think Detriot is going to be the case study.

      Zetterberg is out for the season after re-injuring his back, who is to say that couldn’t of been avoided by resting the break?

      Datysuk looked godly tonight but rumors are he was injured and he missed NHL games leading up the games. If they are going to lean on him that hard what are the odds he makes it back healthy?

      When I saw Kesler take that shot off the hand I was second guessing my opinion on NHL players in the Olympics as well.

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