Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov are recovering from injuries but Florida Panthers coach Tom Rowe said Thursday there's a possibility that one or both might not return this season.

Huberdeau has yet to play this season because of an Achilles injury sustained Oct. 8, in the Panthers' final preseason game. Barkov has been sidelined since Dec. 28, when he left a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs because of an unspecified injury.

"Those are two franchise-type players and we're certainly not going to rush them back," Rowe said during a conference call. "They'll be back in the lineup when everybody feels they're ready to play. Yeah, you're always concerned about it [being season-ending], but we're not consumed with it every day. We're moving forward and playing with the guys we have, and when they're ready to come back, they'll be welcome. It'll be a huge boost to us."

The Panthers next play at the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-F, NHL.TV).

Rowe said Huberdeau was scheduled to return in early March but did not provide a timetable for Barkov, although he revealed that the injury was to Barkov's upper body.