Victor Hedman has a concussion, is out indefinitely
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said Saturday that defenseman Victor Hedman has a concussion, and is out indefinitely.
Hedman, 20, hasn't played since suffering the injury in the first period Tuesday, when Yzerman said he took a “good, clean body check.” Yzerman said there's no real timetable for Hedman's return, but he hasn’t been able to work out, just “trying to do normal day-to-day activities.”
It's Hedman's second concussion, he had one during his rookie season, though Yzerman pointed out he didn’t miss much time then.
“You’re concerned obviously with what’s going on around the league right now,” Yzerman said. “But it’s day to day.”
Hedman's absence leaves a big void, as he's one of the team's top defensemen and leaders in minutes - as well as a key penalty killer. But Yzerman indicated it’s not something where it dictates another move. D Evan Oberg, recalled Thursday from AHL Norfolk, will stay up as the seventh defenseman.
“Not right now – we’re kind of limited,” Yzerman said. “Everybody is getting more ice time and they’re all playing pretty well, so it really doesn’t change anything.”
In other injury news, C Nate Thompson (lower body) is on injured reserve, but it's retroactive to Dec. 17, so he can return at any time, potentially during this week's three-game road trip. Yzerman said wing Ryan Shannon is still 2-3 weeks from returning, as he's dealing with a sprained right knee.
-- JOE SMITH