Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will not participate in this weekend’s All-Star Game due to a lower body injury the club announced Thursday.
Johnson had a shot on goal and three hits in nearly 23 minutes of ice time during Wednesday night’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins.
The 26-year-old is tied for first among defensemen scoring with a career-high 12 goals this season. Johnson also has 23 points and a plus-2 rating in 47 games.
As a result of missing the All-Star Game, Johnson will also miss the Avs’ Jan. 27 game in Nashville.
Johnson is just the latest to bow out of this weekend’s festivities.
Brian Elliott has replaced Sergei Bobrovsky and rookie Filip Forsberg was announced as the injury replacement for Evgeni Malkin on Thursday.
Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby will also skip the All-Star Game due to a lower body injury.
Bryan Murray plans to make a decision on his future in the business following this season.
The Senators general manager is battling Stage 4 colon cancer and going for regular chemotherapy treatments while maintaining his position in Ottawa’s front office.
“I think I’ve got to take a look at it at the end of this year,” Murray told the Ottawa Citizen. “My wife would like me to take off. Geri’s been good, though. She says, ‘I know you have to have something to do.’
“I don’t know whether I can just put my feet up.”
Murray took over as Senators head coach in 2004 leading the club to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 2007.
“What am I going to do?” Murray said. “Play through the year. Wait and see. I have to have a talk with Eugene. He has something to say here, too.
“Maybe it’s time to move on. That’s OK, too.”
When the 72-year-old does step aside, he’ll appoint a successor.
“All Eugene (Melnyk) said to me was, ‘you’re going to pick the next guy, Bryan. Work with me on it, but you come up with when you’re going to transfer it over’,” said Murray.
Once he hands over his GM duties, Murray would like to remain a part of the organization in an advisor role.
“I’m very interested in what happens here, I’m real proud of this group and the people we have,” Murray said. “I wish we were higher up (in the standings) but I see a young team that’s going to be pretty good. So I have real interest in doing the right thing for them.”
Nashville Predators rookie Filip Forsberg has been named to the NHL All-Star Game as an injury replacement.
With Evgeni Malkin unable to participate, Forsberg, who was slated to participate in the rookie portion of the fantasy draft and the skills competition on Saturday, will take the Penguins center’s spot.
Forsberg is the lone rookie named to the game.
He is tied for the Preds lead with 15 goals and leads the team with 40 points. The 20-year-old also leads all rookies in assists (25) and points.
Forsberg becomes the second injury replacement announced Thursday.
Earlier in the day the league announced St. Louis Blues’ goaltender Brian Elliott would replace Sergei Bobrovsky (lower body).
Malkin has been sidelined by a lower body injury and missed the Penguins 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday due to the injury.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that Sergei Bobrovsky will miss the 2015 NHL All-Star Game.
That’s unfortunately not surprising after he left Wednesday’s contest due to a lower-body injury. If you missed what happened, you can see the incident below:
The Blue Jackets don’t have a timetable for his return. In the meantime, Brian Elliott has been tapped as his replacement for the All-Star Game, per the St. Louis Blues. Elliott has only made 22 starts this season, but he does have a superb 1.86 GAA and .930 save percentage.
Bobrovsky is amazingly the third All-Star goaltender to get hurt before the game following Pekka Rinne and Jimmy Howard. Marc-Andre Fleury and Jaroslav Halak took their place. As you may have noticed, the injuries have led to both of the Blues goaltenders at the start of the 2013-14 campaign being included for the festivities.
The injury news isn’t all bad in Columbus
The Columbus Blue Jackets’ season has been defined by injuries, so it seems grimly fitting that Sergei Bobrovsky suffered a lower-body injury on Wednesday that will likely keep him out of the All-Star Game. On top of that, the Blue Jackets also lost forward Jeremy Morin to an upper-body injury during Wednesday’s contest.
As bad as the situation is though, the Blue Jackets have also gotten some positive news on the injury front recently. Ryan Murray (knee) and center Artem Anisimov (torn triceps) might both be back next week, per the Columbus Dispatch.
Murray’s return will hopefully turn the page on what has been a difficult start to his NHL career. The 21-year-old defenseman was taken with the second overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but he wasn’t able to join Columbus following the 2012-13 lockout because he suffered a torn labrum in November 2012 while playing for the WHL Everett Silvertips. He instead made his debut last season and was limited to 66 contests. That was still a productive campaign compared to 2014-15 as he’s only played in four games and none since Nov. 1.
Anisimov has been absent for roughly two months due to his injury. The 26-year-old forward has two goals and six points in 16 contests.
With 45 games in the books, only Ryan Johansen and David Savard have managed to play in every contest with Columbus.