A tile just fell on the head of the Florida Panthers.
Earlier today, we learned that the team had placed Aaron Ekblad on the long-term injured list (LTIR). The number one defender on the roster will miss some time, while the length of his absence has not been determined at this time.
This is, of course, a blow to (Panthers GM) Bill Zito. And the problem is that they don’t get reinforcements replacing Ekblad’s contract ($7.5M/year) due to the already high payroll.
Therefore, the Panthers will have to make arrangements with the players they currently have.
#FlaPanthers In fact, they hope to miss D Aaron Ekblad for a while at LTIR with a lower body injury, the exact TBD timeline. But Ekblad isn’t expected to be out long enough to allow the Panthers to shop around to replace him at the salary cap.@DailyFaceoff
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 19, 2022
We never wish injuries on a player, we agree.
But… Ekblad’s absence could benefit the Montreal Canadiens. Why? I remind you that the Panthers’ first choice this year was acquired by Kent Hughes at the last trade deadline, in the trade he sent Ben Chiarot to Florida.
If the Panthers (who made big changes this summer) can’t make the playoffs one way or another, that’s great news for CH.
And if the Canadian is able to get a top 15 pick with the to choose from Florida, Kent Hughes will drive.
Because we get along…
It’s not with a defense like this (image below) that the Panthers will be dangerous this year. Not really even. You know, when Marc Staal evolves in his first pair in defense…
It’s because you’re in trouble.
This is a situation that could be interesting to follow in the coming weeks.
The Avalanche lose their captain for a long period
It’s not just the Panthers who got some bad news today. The Colorado avalanche is also part of the lot.
Squad captain Gabriel Landeskog will be out for 12 weeks (approximately). The Swede underwent surgery for a knee injury.
This is not the first time we have seen the Avalanche lose the services of its captain. Injuries have not spared him, and have been for several years.
Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is expected to miss 12 weeks after undergoing knee surgery. pic.twitter.com/Evz8VoNoLv
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 19, 2022
It’s a huge loss for the Avalanche, for sure. But, there is so much talent within this line-up that it doesn’t worry me too much. Colorado shouldn’t have too much trouble finding success despite the star player’s injury (unlike the Panthers) and the team’s bigwigs will have to step up to make up for his absence.
Did you think I was done with wounds for this text? Think again.
The season is still young, but big chunks of the league are falling off. Connor Brown, who is in his first season in Washington after signing a three-year contract worth $3.6 million a year, will also have to miss several games.
The Capitals announced this morning that the forward has a serious lower-body injury and, like Ekblad and Landeskog, will be sidelined for an extended period.
Connor Brown is out long-term with a lower-body injury, per team.
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) October 19, 2022
Toronto Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin is also injured. On the other hand, his ailment does not seem too serious, while it is estimated that he should miss only the team’s next three games.
In fact, actions. Waiting for the boys to do well in their respective rehabilitation … And that the Panthers miss the playoffs, eh eh.
A lot of
– Things are bad at the Toronto store.
Mitch Marner on Jake Muzzin: “Obviously for him it’s just making sure that if he comes back and plays this year, or whatever happens, just make sure that he can do what he wants to do for the rest of his life and enjoy the time. with his family, his children.”
— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) October 19, 2022
– Daniel Alfredsson was loved by many people.
Claude Giroux, that is, Daniel Alfredsson: “I remember when I was at Gatineau and he played with Spezza and Heatley. Best memory: The time he slapped a player (Scott Niedermayer) in the Stanley Cup Final. It shows that he was a competitor.
—Marc Brassard (@mbrassard) October 19, 2022
– Did you go to donate blood?
It’s the annual Canadian Blood Drive at the Bell Centre. pic.twitter.com/00jy7ibBLa
—BPM Sports (@BPMSportsRadio) October 19, 2022
– Oh yeah?
An example. I don’t want to name the goalkeeper because he is useless and he spent in a team that is not Laval.
The player, a billionaire but demoted from the AHL, had himself chartered a plane to return home instead of returning by bus!
—Anthony Marcotte (@anthonymarcotte) October 19, 2022
– Come on Shapo!
Denis Shapovalov in the quarterfinals in Stockholm https://t.co/5vlu6AQ76l
– Radio Canada Sports (@RC_Sports) October 19, 2022
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