As Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins await word of a potential suspension from the league, the New Jersey Devils will have to deal with another concussion for Marcus Johansson. According to Bob McKenzie of TSN the Devils’ forward suffered his second such injury of the season when elbowed by Marchand last night, and his third of his NHL career.
Johansson came over to the Devils in a trade last offseason and was concussed in November when he crashed hard into the boards against the Vancouver Canucks. That kept him out for a month, and has limited his impact on the Devils this season. Brought over to be a part of the offensive revolution in New Jersey, Johansson has just 14 points in 29 games. Seven of those had come in his last 11 games, though there is now no telling how long it will take him to get back to full strength.
As more and more is known about head and brain injuries, medical staffs are trying their best to keep players out until the risk of re-injury is extremely small. As we’ve seen with other players in the past, multiple concussions suffered in a short time period can cause long-term effects and take quite a bit of time to recover full from. Hopefully for Johansson’s sake that’s not the case here, and he’s able to get back on the ice with relative ease.
With the All-Star break coming up this weekend, New Jersey has four full days off after tomorrow’s game against the Nashville Predators. Hopefully we’ll know more about Johansson’s status afterwards, and when we can expect him back in a game.