It turns out that Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim might have been the wise one for turning down a last-minute invitation to join the Finnish Olympic team in Sochi, Russia as both his teammates have already been injured. Panthers rookie center Aleksander Barkov reaggravated a knee injury in the third period of Finland's 6-1 victory over Norway on Friday and a Finnish website is reporting he could be out for 4-6 weeks. With six weeks left in a Panthers' season going nowhere, Barkov's season could be over. Barkov, the overall second draft pick, who has 24 points for the Panthers while playing on their top line, recently missed four games with a knee injury. On Saturday, Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky, took an elbow to the head from Slovenia defenseman Sabahudin Kovacevic in the first period of Slovakia's 3-1 loss. Kopecky, who has just 12 points in 49 games for the Panthers, didn't return and his coach said he wasn't sure if he will be available for Sunday's game against Russia. The Panthers said they will not have any updates on either player until they return to South Florida to be examined by the team's doctors. While Kovacevic wasn't penalized on the play, the hit is scheduled to be reviewed for a possible suspension. It's not known if Kopecky sustained a concussion. Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon had expressed concerns about Barkov playing during the break instead of resting, but he also felt the experience would be beneficial in the long run.
Panthers Aleksander Barkov may be out for season with knee injury
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Feb 16