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Injury Report

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The off-season affords some players time to relax a bit and train for the upcoming year.  Often times it is used to rehab and recover from injuries that happened over the course of the season and/or during the playoffs.    
 
Several of these players are expected to be ready for training camp, but until they report for physicals and take to the ice we won't fully know what to expect from them.  Those questions will be answered shortly and you should keep it locked to Rotoworld's injury page for updates.   
 
Jamie Benn (DAL) - LW - Benn underwent surgery for a second straight year in the summer.  He had procedures on both hips at the end of the 2014-15 season and he had a core muscle surgery following the 2015-16 campaign.  Benn isn’t a stranger to playing banged up and recovering quickly, so he should be ready for the start of the regular season.  He was given a six-week timetable to recover after all.  The Stars captain had to pull out of the World Cup of Hockey because of the injury.   
 
Claude Giroux (PHI) - C, RW - Giroux had successful hip and abdominal surgeries during the off-season.  He was given a timetable of 10-12 weeks, so he is expected to be fine for training camp.  Giroux resumed skating ahead of schedule when he took to the ice in late July and it appears that he will be available to play in the World Cup of Hockey.   
 
Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) - D - Gositisbehere had surgery to repair his hip and an abdominal tear after the Flyers were eliminated from the playoffs.  Just like teammate Claude Giroux, he was projected to require 10-12 weeks.  He should be able to compete in the World Cup of Hockey in September with Team North America.   
 
Ryan Callahan (TBL) - RW - Callahan underwent a procedure to repair a hip labral tear following Tampa Bay’s postseason run to the Eastern Conference Final.  He was projected to miss five months, so he could miss the first month of the regular season.  Callahan has already been removed from Team USA’s roster for the World Cup of Hockey.   
 
Alexander Steen (STL) - C, LW - Steen is hoping to be ready to play in the World Cup after he had off-season shoulder surgery.  His initial timetable was set for four-to-six months, so it was expected that he wouldn’t be ready for the start of the regular season.  There should be an update on his status if isn’t available for the tournament.   

Henrik Zetterberg (DET) - C, LW - Zetterberg was forced to withdraw from the World Cup of Hockey because of a knee injury.  The veteran forward was going to serve as captain of the Swedish team.  It's uncertain what his status will be going into the season, but he could be ready for Detroit's opener.

Niklas Kronwall (DE) - D - Kronwall decided to skip the World Cup of Hockey as well.  He had a knee injury through most of the 2015-16 season and wants to be 100 percent before the start of the year.   
 
Torey Krug (BOS) - D - Krug underwent surgery on his shoulder back in May and his recovery was pegged for about six months.  He wants to be ready for the start of the regular season and that could end up being the case.   

David Krejci (BOS) - C - Krejci won't play for the Czech Republic at the World Cup of Hockey due to a hip issue.  He underwent surgery during the off-season and is hoping to be ready to go when the regular season begins. 
 
Phil Kessel (PIT) - RW - Kessel had surgery on his hand after Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup victory.  He had apparently been dealing with the issue throughout the regular season, but still could be ready to go for the start of the year.

Duncan Keith (CHI) - D - Keith will not play in the World Cup of Hockey due to a knee injury.  The Blackhawks defender could be ready for the start of the regular season, though. 

Sean Monahan (CGY) - C - A back ailment will prevent Monahan from participating in the World Cup of Hockey.  He was going to represent Team North America at the tournament, but was hurt during an off-season training session.  The Flames anticipate that Monahan will be ready to play at the start of the year. 

Jeff Carter (LAK) - C - Carter will miss playing for Canada at the World Cup of Hockey because of a lower-body injury.  He was hurt during off-season workouts.  The feeling is that the ailment isn't serious, so he might be able to play when the Kings begin the 2016-17 campaign. 

Roberto Luongo (FLA) - G - Luongo had hip surgery during the off-season.  The Panthers didn’t provide a timetable for his return, but he could miss at least the start of the 2016-17 campaign.  The veteran netminder had been dealing with the ailment over the course of the year.   

Frederik Andersen (TOR) - G - Andersen had to miss the World Cup of Hockey after he suffered an upper-body injury during an Olympic qualifier for Denmark.  He still could be ready for the start of the regular season, though.

Mikko Rantanen (COL) - RW - Rantanen suffered an ankle injury during a rookie tournament match that will keep him sidelined for two-to-four weeks.  He could miss the start of the season as a result.
 
Jon Merrill (NJD) - D - Merrill had a procedure on his shoulder in May and was given a projected timetable of four months to recover.  He should all right to compete in training camp barring any setbacks.   

Michael Stone (ARI) - D - Stone had surgery on his ACL and MCL in April, which could sideline him for at least the start of the regular season. 
 
Clarke MacArthur (OTT) - LW - MacArthur was close to returning to the lineup at the end of the 2015-16 season and he expects to be fine to play this year.  He played in only four games last campaign due to concussion problems.  MacArthur will put his injury to the test at training camp.   
 
Tyler Ennis (BUF) - C, LW, RW - Ennis also missed most of 2015-16 because of a concussion.  He was limited to 23 appearances, but should be ready for the start of the year.   
 
Oscar Lindberg (NYR) - C - Lindberg had simultaneous bilateral hip labral surgery in May.  He will probably sit out at least the first month of the regular season after his recovery period was projected for six months. 
 
Teemu Pulkkinen (DET) - LW - Pulkkinen underwent shoulder surgery in early June.  He was presented with a four-to-six month recovery timetable, so he could start the 2016-17 season on long-term injured reserve.   
 
Andrew Ference (EDM) - D - The Oilers were unable to use a buyout on Ference because he wasn’t medically cleared to return from hip surgery.  He had the procedure in early May and skated in only six games for Edmonton in 2015-16.  Ference was considering retirement if he was bought out, so he may not be due for much, if any, action this season.   
 
Johan Franzen (DET) - RW - Franzen suited up in only two games for Detroit last season and he didn’t play after Oct. 10 because of concussion symptoms.  It’s unclear how often or if he will be able to play at all in 2016-17.   
 
Joe Vitale (DET) - RW - Vitale was acquired from Arizona so that the Coyotes would take Pavel Datsyuk’s contract.  He played in just one game last year because of concussion issues and it’s unclear if he will be ready for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.   
 
Nate Thompson (ANA) - C - Thompson sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon during an off-season workout and the Ducks don’t anticipate his return prior to the trade deadline.  That means he likely won’t play in the first half of the season.   
 
Stephane Robidas (TOR) - D - Robidas didn’t play any games in 2015-16 and he could be banished to injured reserve again this season with a knee problem.  The Leafs are not sure if his career is in jeopardy, but that could be the case.   
 
Dave Bolland (ARI) - Bolland played in 25 games for the Panthers last season, but he wasn’t in the lineup after Dec. 12 because of a lower-body injury.  Bolland was traded to Arizona in late August, along with prospect Lawson Crouse, for draft picks.  He isn't expected to play in the forseeable future, so the Coyotes will likely place him on LTIR going into the season.     
 
Brayden Schenn (PHI) - C, LW - Schenn will spend the first three games of the regular season in the press box because of a suspension.  He is being punished for a charging incident on Washington’s T.J. Oshie in Game 6 during the opening round of the playoffs.  The Flyers were eliminated in that match, so Schenn’s suspension will carry over.  He will be eligible to return on Oct. 20 versus Anaheim when Philadelphia plays in their home opener.   
 
Jarred Tinordi (ARI) - D - Tinordi still has four games left to serve of his 20-game ban for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.  However, it’s doubtful that he will be back in the lineup for the Coyotes when he is eligible to return.  Arizona has a crowded blueline and there doesn’t appear to be room for Tinordi.   
 

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on NBC Sports Edge. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.