Panthers’ Aaron Ekblad and Avs’ Gabriel Landeskog latest stars on injured list

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The Florida Panthers will place defenseman Aaron Ekblad on long-term injured reserve, general manager Bill Zito said Wednesday morning.

Ekblad, 26, sustained a lower-body injury during the second period of Florida’s 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Monday.

He is required to sit out at least 10 NHL games and 24 days by being placed on long-term injured reserve.

“Not happy about it,” general manager Bill Zito said Wednesday. “And obviously we’re concerned for him as a person first, but I mean, he’ll be back. It’s not a season-ending thing. We have every reason to believe he’ll be back at 100 percent. This is something that just happens in the normal course.”

Aaron Ekbald on LTIR

Ekblad has scored one goal in three games this season for Florida, which also will be without fellow defenseman Brandon Montour (upper body) when it plays its home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

Ekblad has 292 points (98 goals, 194 assists) in 557 career games since being selected by Florida with the top overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Montour, 28, has one goal in two games this season.

He has 147 points (43 goals, 104 assists) in 376 career games with the Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and Panthers.

Also on Wednesday, Florida recalled defensemen Lucas Carlsson and Matt Kiersted from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.

Gabriel Landeskog out 12 weeks

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Dec 10, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) is introduced before the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is expected to miss approximately 12 weeks after undergoing knee surgery, coach Jared Bednar said Wednesday.

Landeskog, who turns 30 next month, had surgery on Tuesday. He has yet to play this season.

“Started bugging him in training camp and getting back on the ice,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “So they looked at it, images taken. Decided on surgery. Had it in Minneapolis.”

Landeskog recorded 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) in 51 games last season before undergoing knee surgery in March. He returned for the playoffs and added 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 20 games to propel the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup title.

Landeskog has totaled 571 points (248 goals, 323 assists) in 738 career games since being selected by the Avalanche with the second overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo on IR

The Los Angeles Kings placed forward Alex Iafallo on injured reserve Tuesday with a lower-body injury.

Iafallo, 28, was injured during the 5-4 win Monday over the host Detroit Red Wings.

He extended his season-opening point streak (two goals, three assists) to four games before leaving late in the third period, assisting on Gabriel Vilardi’s first-period goal.

That also marked the 100th career assist for Iafallo, who also has 73 goals in 365 games since making his NHL debut with Los Angeles in 2017.

The Kings recalled defenseman Jacob Moverare from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League.

Moverare, 24, made his NHL debut last season and contributed two assists in 19 games with Los Angeles.

Jake Muzzin on IR

The Toronto Maple Leafs put defenseman Jake Muzzin on injured reserve Wednesday with a neck injury.

The move is retroactive to Monday, from which he’ll have to miss at least seven days.

The Leafs recalled defenseman Filip Kral from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League to take Muzzin’s spot on the roster.

Muzzin, 33, sustained the injury in Monday’s game against Arizona after colliding with Coyotes forward Clayton Keller in the second period.

Muzzin has an assist in four games this season, his fifth in Toronto. He has 294 points (69 goals, 225 assists) in 683 games with the Los Angeles Kings (2010-19) and Maple Leafs.

Toronto hosts the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Connor Brown on IR

The Washington Capitals placed Connor Brown on injured reserve Wednesday but said the forward will be sidelined long term with a lower-body injury.

The team has yet to determine if Brown will require surgery. As it stands, Brown has to miss at least seven days.

The Capitals recalled forward Beck Malenstyn from Hershey of the American Hockey League in a corresponding move.

Brown, 28, was injured in Monday’s game against Vancouver after taking a hit from Canucks defenseman Noah Juulsen along the boards. Brown headed straight to the dressing room limping and favoring his right leg.

“Certainly not what we wanted to see with him. He’s such a hard working guy, and competitive guy on the ice. So that was tough to see him leave the game,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said Wednesday on 107.7 The Fan.

Brown is in his first season with the Capitals, who acquired him from the Ottawa Senators in July for a second-round pick in the 2024 draft. Brown had 10 goals and 39 points in 64 games for Ottawa last season.

Brown played his first four NHL seasons for Toronto (2015-2019), where he had 43 goals and 99 points in 253 games. In the past three seasons with the Senators, he totaled 47 goals and 117 points in 191 games.

Malenstyn, 24, scored one goal — the first of his career — in 12 games with the Capitals during the 2021-22 season.

The Capitals also shifted forward Carl Hagelin to long-term injured reserve as he continues to recover from offseason hip surgery.

–Field Level Media