NHL Injury: Preds’ Ryan Johansen, and Leafs’ Jake Muzzin out for season

The NHL Injury list just had another star added to it with Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen having to undergo emergency surgery.

In addition to Johansen, Jake Muzzin will unfortunately be unable to return to action this season according to the latest reports out of Toronto.

NHL Injury: Ryan Johansen out after surgery

Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen is reportedly having emergency surgery Wednesday after leaving Tuesday night’s game with his right foot in a walking boot.

Sportsnet first reported that Johansen, 30, would go under the knife.

“I didn’t look at it. I know he got cut,” Predators coach John Hynes said. “Other than that I have not had a chance to talk to trainers yet.”

Johansen appeared to have his right foot or ankle cut by a skate blade during the second period of the Predators’ 5-4 shootout win against the Vancouver Canucks.

He has 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) in 55 games this season.

Johansen has 555 points (189 goals, 366 assists) in 842 games over 12 seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets (2011-16) and Predators.

NHL Injury: Jake Muzzin out for season

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Jan 12, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin (8) against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin will miss the rest of the 2022-23 regular season and the playoffs, the team announced Wednesday.

The decision made by the Toronto medical staff came after a consultation with specialists who reviewed the progress Muzzin had made in his recovery from a cervical spine injury.

The club said it would update his status next in September at training camp.

The Leafs placed Muzzin on long-term injured reserve after just four games this season and said his condition would be reassessed in February. He finishes the season with one assist.

Muzzin turned 34 on Tuesday.

He sustained a neck injury in a game Oct. 17 against the Coyotes when he collided with Arizona forward Clayton Keller in the second period. He has not played since.

A fifth-round draft pick in 2007, Muzzin has totaled 294 points (69 goals, 225 assists) in 683 games with the Los Angeles Kings (2010-19) and Maple Leafs. Toronto acquired him on Jan. 28, 2019, for a first-round draft pick that year, defenseman Sean Durzi and forward Carl Grundstrom.

Next season will be the final one of a four-year, $22.5 million contract extension he signed in February 2020.

Toronto (35-15-8, 78 points) is in second place in the Atlantic Division.

–Field Level Media