Vancouver Canucks forward Mikael Samuelsson will miss at least one week with ‘mild concussion’

Tough news for the Vancouver Canucks: winger Mikael Samuelsson is expected to miss at least one week with a “mild concussion” according to coach Alain Vigneault. The Canucks believe that 33-year-old Swedish forward suffered the concussion after colliding with St. Louis Blues center Vladimir Sobotka during the Canucks’ 3-2 loss on Sunday.

Vigneault said the team will follow concussion protocol, which requires Samuelsson to be symptom-free for one week before he can play again. This means he will miss at least three games.

Samuelsson seemed to gain new life by getting a more prominent role upon arriving in Vancouver after years spent as a forward with the Detroit Red Wings, putting together career highs of 30 goals and 53 points last season. He has regressed a bit this season, although he’s still contributing sporadically with six goals and 11 assists for 17 points in 25 games.

We’ll keep you updated about his status, because as you may know, concussions can be tricky business.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?