If you were holding out any hopes that Andreas Johnsson might make a triumphant return in time for the playoffs, abandon all those hopes.
The @MapleLeafs announced that forward Andreas Johnsson underwent successful knee surgery earlier today.— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) February 19, 2020
He is expected to miss six months. #LeafsForever
Johnsson was injured in a not very serious-looking collision with Kasperi Kapanen on February 13.
Updated again: It’s worse news as Andreas Johnsson out with a knee injury
The initial prognosis was “at least eight weeks”, but now it’s the end of Johnsson’s season, and most of his training time gone too. He finishes up this first year of a four-year, $3.4 million contract with a very disappointing eight goals and 13 assists in 43 games played. More concerning is that, even allowing for his earlier injury, his ice time declined dramatically over the season, and he didn’t seem to be finding a place in the top six prior to his injury.
He’ll have the opportunity to make a whole new first impression next year at training camp, however. But for now, it’s six months of pain and suffering.