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.
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.
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 MLive.com. “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.