While the NHL prepares to come back from their Olympic break, teams are learning the status of their players that headed overseas during the break to represent their countries in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
For the Florida Panthers, the news wasn’t positive as they learned that forwards Aleksander Barkov and Tomas Kopecky have both been ruled out indefinitely.
The news comes from the Sun Sentinel.
Barkov suffered a knee injury that could keep him out for up to six weeks when Finland played Norway, while Kopecky took a shot to the head when he was on the ice for Slovakia and suffered a concussion.
With their playoff hopes long gone, there is a chance that the Panthers could decide to play things cautiously and shut Barkov down for the remainder of the season. There is no current timetable for Kopecky’s return.