Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe on Friday said that winger Andreas Johnsson is expected to miss significant time after injuring his knee midway through the first period of Thursday night’s game against the Stars.
The 25-year-old had to be helped off the ice and didn’t return after appearing to collide awkwardly with teammate Kasperi Kapanen in Dallas’ zone.
Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said after the game that the injury didn’t look like it was going to be short term, and on Friday the coach told reporters that Johnsson requires knee surgery to repair the injury. The forward is expected to miss at least eight weeks of action, pushing his potential return to early April and the postseason’s first round.
This is Johnsson’s second injury in the last few months, with the Swede spending some time on the LTIR after injuring his leg while blocking a shot in a game against the Avalanche in December.
Johnsson signed a four-year, $13.6 million contract with the Leafs this summer and has tallied eight goals and 13 assists so far this season.