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Lehner, MacArthur both diagnosed with concussions after heavy collision

The Ottawa Senators have confirmed that goalie Robin Lehner and forward Clarke MacArthur both been diagnosed with concussions following a scary incident on Monday against Carolina:

The incident occurred late in the second period of Ottawa’s eventual 6-3 loss. Lehner was able to get up and leave the playing surface under his own power, but MacArthur needed assistance (though was able to leave without having to be stretchered off.)

There does not appear to be any timetable for return for either player. MacArthur and Lehner both missed Wednesday’s 4-2 win over Montreal and will presumably be out for Saturday’s game at home against Florida.

Lehner, who had been starting and was the goalie of record in nine straight games with Craig Anderson out injured, will be replaced by AHL Binghamton call-up Andrew Hammond. And in a move linked to the MacArthur injury, the Sens recalled ’11 first-rounder Matt Puempel from Bingo last night.

Ehrhoff (concussion) is ‘feeling better,’ but no timetable for return

Christian Ehrhoff

Christian Ehrhoff says he’s “feeling better and getting in the right direction.” However, when the Penguins’ defenseman, out with a concussion since Jan. 28, can return to game action remains to be seen.

“Hopefully not too much longer,” Ehrhoff told reporters after skating this morning, “but it’s kind of a day-to-day how-you-feel thing, so it’s tough to give an estimate or prognosis.”

Ehrhoff has just three goals and 10 assists in 43 games this season. But despite those modest offensive numbers (compared to the ones he’s put up in the past), he’s played a large role for the Pens, averaging over 22 minutes a game.

With Olli Maatta out for the season, the Penguins certainly aren’t going to rush Ehrhoff back and risk his status for the playoffs, not to mention his long-term health.

Holland: Franzen (concussion) not close to returning

Johan Franzen

With Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard healthy, Johan Franzen is the last Detroit player left on the injured reserve list. It sounds like the Red Wings won’t be back to full strength anytime soon though.

Franzen, who is dealing with a concussion sustained on Jan. 6, still isn’t ready to resume even off-ice workouts.

“I believe he’s getting a little bit better,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland told “I know he’s working with Dr. (Jeff) Kutcher (a specialist at Michigan who treats sports concussions). I get a report occasionally from (trainer) Piet Van Zant when Piet talks to Dr. Kutcher. But (Franzen) is not here. He’s not on the bike. I don’t know how far he is away.”

The 35-year-old has a history of concussions and it most recently cost him 22 contests in 2013-14. He has seven goals and 22 points in 33 contests in 2014-15.

Ehrhoff (concussion) resumes practicing with Penguins

Christian Ehrhoff

Christian Ehrhoff participated in part of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ practice on Saturday for the first time since he sustained a head injury on Jan. 28, per the team’s website.

The 32-year-old defenseman didn’t take part in contact drills, but he will be back on the ice Sunday.

“The next step is to see how he reacted to that,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. “With these concussion-like symptoms they want to see how you interact with other guys on the ice and then you get to the contact next. We’ll see what the doctors have to say.”

Ehrhoff, who is playing out a one-year, $4 million contract, has three goals and 10 assists in 43 contests in 2014-15. While that might be a step behind many of his previous seasons from an offensive standpoint, the Penguins have been leaning heavily on him by giving him an average of 22:15 minutes per contest.

Meanwhile, defenseman Paul Martin missed Saturday’s practice with an undisclosed injury originally sustained on Wednesday, but he’s still expected to play Sunday.

What’s ailing Vlasic? Sharks insist it’s not a concussion

Marc-Edouard Vlasic

San Jose will be without stalwart defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (upper-body) four a fourth straight game tonight against Arizona and, in light of what’s turned into a fairly lengthy absence, the Sharks tried to clear the air this afternoon by insisting Vlasic doesn’t have a concussion.

Of course, that only left people to ask: If it’s an upper-body injury and not a concussion… what is it?

From the San Jose Mercury News:

Responding to published reports, Sharks coach Todd McLellan on Friday flatly denied that Vlasic had a concussion that was suffered Feb. 4 in Calgary against the Flames. In that game, Vlasic missed half of the second period and part of the third before he returned to finish the game. At the time, McLellan said Vlasic was dealing with an equipment issue.

Vlasic played 24 minutes the next night against the Vancouver Canucks and skated the morning of Feb. 7 before the Carolina game, hours before he was scratched. Vlasic said the next day he was suffering from a cold, but also said he ate a bad lunch. McLellan said at the time that it was an upper body injury and soon after, Vlasic was put on injured reserve.

Worth noting that if the timing on Vlasic’s “equipment issue” is accurate, it’s a pretty long issue, considering there was an 18-minute intermission between the second and third periods.

It’s also worth noting that CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz described the Feb. 8 media session — the one in which Vlasic said he had a cold and ate a bad lunch — as “strange.”

Whatever the case, it’s not good news for the Sharks. Vlasic is second on the team in TOI per game (22:20) and is second to Brent Burns for goals by defensemen, with six.

And as Brough wrote earlier today, the Sharks could really use a win tonight. They’ve lost five of six and have seen their chances of making the playoffs fall to 59.1 percent, per Sports Club Stats.