Erik Karlsson , Clarke MacArthur , Marc Methot

Sens lose MacArthur, Methot to concussions

Tough news out of Ottawa this morning, as Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that forward Clarke MacArthur and d-man Marc Methot have both been sidelined with concussions.

MacArthur hasn’t played since getting knocked out of last Wednesday’s 7-3 win over Columbus. Methot suffered his concussion in a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh, and sat out this weekend’s shootout defeat to Nashville.

The losses are going to hurt the Sens, no question.

MacArthur has been a good offensive contributor, with 91 points over the last two seasons, and the Sens got a taste of what life without him was like last season, as he missed 20 games (also with a concussion).

Without him in the lineup, the Sens have been forced to juggle their forward lines. That’s been an issue for MacArthur’s frequent linemate, Bobby Ryan, who’s now trying to find chemistry with Mika Zibanejad and Milan Michalek.

As for Methot, he also missed extensive time to injury last season — nearly half the year with a back injury — but came back and performed well enough to score a four-year, $19.6 million extension in February.

Through five games this year, Methot was averaging over 20 minutes per night.

Franzen placed on IR after concussion symptoms return

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Johan Franzen has been placed on injured reserve, as the 35-year-old’s concussion issues have apparently returned.

From the Red Wings’ website:

Franzen, who suffered a concussion in Edmonton last Jan. 6, made it through training camp, preseason and the first two games of the regular season, has seen his symptoms return.

Franzen was supposed to play Tuesday against Tampa Bay and participated in the morning skate but did not feel well afterward and was a late scratch.

Signed through 2019-20, Franzen’s 11-year deal was intended to run until he retired, something he’s said he wants to do “on my own terms.”

Unfortunately, it’s looking more and more like those terms could be decided by matters beyond his control.

Hopefully we’re wrong about that and this is just a temporary setback, but we’ve seen how these things can go with other players.

There was more Wings injury news today, including Darren Helm taking “a little step back” after yesterday’s optimism and Luke Glendening possibly being unavailable tomorrow versus Carolina after blocking a shot Tuesday.

Ouch: Blues’ Fabbri out indefinitely with concussion

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After he fired home his first NHL goal off of beautiful feed by Jori Lehtera, some St. Louis Blues fans may have been daydreaming about Robby Fabbri being the “missing piece.”

Maybe that’s still eventually in the cards, but the promising young forward will be sidelined indefinitely with a concussion, according to the team.

In a cruel twist in an already tough situation, it sounds as though Fabbri was injured thanks to a check by Chris Porter, at least by St. Louis Gametime’s account.

Video of the hit that hurt Fabbri will be posted if it becomes available.

Not good: Brad Marchand suffered a concussion

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Tough news for a Boston Bruins team dealing with a tough start: Brad Marchand has a concussion.

That’s the word from head coach Claude Julien, so it’s a sure thing.

Now, there was no word about how severe the issue may be, but it’s officially a concussion. It’s not the ideal scenario even if it’s a “minor concussion,” which feels like a contradictory idea in itself.

Here’s the Dale Weise hit from last night’s eventual 4-2 win by the Montreal Canadiens:

It’s not official like Marchand’s concussion, but there may be a bit of good news. Maybe.

Matt Irwin was placed on waivers Sunday, which may indicate that Zdeno Chara is ready to play again.

That would be a much-needed boost.

CSNNE.com has more.

Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with possible concussion

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It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.

Update: So far, not so good: it might be a concussion.