NHL Injury: Tom Wilson hurts knee, Justin Schultz week-to-week, and more
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson left Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche with a lower-body injury.
Wilson was injured when he was hit on the right leg by an Avalanche shot in the second period. He made his way to the bench and then to the locker room. Head coach Peter Laviolette ruled him day-to-day.
Wilson was playing in his eighth game since returning from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. He has two goals and an assist this season.
Justin Schultz week-to-week
Seattle Kraken defenseman Justin Schultz is week-to-week with an undisclosed injury, coach Dave Hakstol told reporters Tuesday.
The veteran last played Jan. 17 against the Edmonton Oilers, when he collided with Zach Hyman, fell and exited the game. He’s missed two games since.
Schutlz has five goals and 19 assists in 42 games for Seattle. It’s his first season with the team after previous stays with the Oilers (2012-16), Pittsburgh Penguins (2016-20) and Washington Capitals (2020-22).
Hakstol also said forward Jaden Schwartz (undisclosed injury) would not be ready to return for Wednesday’s home game against the Vancouver Canucks. Schwartz will miss his sixth straight game.
Injured forwards Andre Burakovsky, Alex Wennberg and Yanni Gourde were deemed game-time decisions.
The Kraken also recalled forward John Hayden from AHL affiliate Coachella Valley on Tuesday. Hayden appeared in one game for Seattle this season and has suited up for the Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils, Arizona Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres since his NHL debut in March 2017.
Senators Josh Norris out for season
Ottawa Senators forward Josh Norris will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.
The team said Monday that Norris will have the surgery at a “soon to be determined date.”
In a corresponding move, the Senators recalled 2020 first-round pick Ridly Greig from the AHL’s Belleville Senators.
Norris, 23, had been sidelined for nearly three months (38 games) after first sustaining the injury on Oct. 22 against Arizona. He returned Wednesday and played in three games, including Saturday’s loss to Winnipeg. He scored his first goal in three months in the loss.
It’s unclear when or how he reinjured the shoulder.
“He tried,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said. “Did his best to join the boys, but reinjured it in the third period just reaching. He didn’t want to leave the bench to make a big deal of it, but he was done halfway through. He wanted to do it because he didn’t want to have surgery and thought maybe he could rehab this. Unfortunately, the timeline isn’t great because he’ll be fully recovered by maybe the summer.NHL.com
Norris finishes the season with two goals and three points in eight games. Norris has 93 points (54 goals, 39 assists) in 133 career games, all with the Senators.
He was playing in the first campaign of an eight-year, $63.6 million contract he signed in the offseason.
Norris was selected by San Jose with the 19th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. He was part of the blockbuster trade that sent star defenseman Erik Karlsson to the Sharks on Sept. 13, 2018.
Senators Bob Jones diagnosed with ALS
Ottawa Senators assistant coach Bob Jones has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the team announced Tuesday.
Per the Mayo Clinic, ALS is a “progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control.”
Jones, 53, is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with Ottawa. Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said Jones will continue his coaching duties while dealing with what is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
“A devoted member of our family, Bob Jones, has been diagnosed with ALS,” Dorion said. “Bob and his family’s wishes are to take the courageous step of making his condition public in an effort to drive ALS awareness as he fights this disease.
“We have been working internally with Bob and his family as he takes on this challenge; while Bob will continue with his coaching duties, he has the full support of the organization to take any time he needs away from the club during the season to concentrate on his health and his family.”
Per the Senators, Jones’ family has asked that those interested in contributions consider both the ALS Society of Canada and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
“The thoughts and well wishes of the entire National Hockey League family are with Ottawa Senators’ assistant coach Bob Jones and his family,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “We admire his courage in making his battle with ALS public and we will support him and his family in this fight.”
Jones and his wife, Paige, have two children — Blake and Brianna.
–Field Level Media