Erik Johnson D COL 22 hours ago

Johnson (knee) won't play Monday against the Oilers, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.

On the plus side, Johnson was on the ice with the Avs at Monday's morning skate, so he does appear to be progressing as Wednesday's game against the Sharks approaches. "Erik will practice fully (Tuesday), and then we'll make decisions after that," coach Patrick Roy noted Monday.

Erik Johnson D COL 1 day ago

Though Johnson (knee) hasn't been ruled out for Monday's game against the Oilers, Terry Frei of the Denver Post suggests that the blueliner is more likely to return to the lineup at some point during the Avs' upcoming three-game road trip, which starts Wednesday at San Jose.

Johnson, who had arthroscopic knee surgery on Jan. 26, last suited up on Jan. 21. Prior to sustaining his knee injury, Johnson had recorded 23 points and 33 PIM in 47 games for the Avs.

Erik Johnson D COL 3 days ago

Johnson (knee) participated during the Avs' morning skate and could be back in the lineup Saturday against the Sabres, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.

The Avalanche are still listing Johnson on injured reserve, but that could change over the afternoon if team doctors determine he's now sufficiently recovered from the knee injury. The blueliner has been skating with the team for a week, and even if his return doesn't come Saturday, it looks like the Avalanche will get him back within the next few days. The All-Star has been sidelined since late January.

Erik Johnson D COL 1 week ago

Though Johnson (knee) took the ice with his teammates on Sunday, he won't travel with the Avs, who begin a three-game road trip, Monday at Calgary.

Per the report, Johnson will continue to skate in Denver and could potentially play in the Avs' next home game, which occurs March 28 against the Sabres.

Erik Johnson D COL 2 weeks ago

Johnson (knee) did not travel with the team for Thursday's contest and is likely a week away from returning, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

It had earlier been reoprted that Johnson was optimistic that he'd rejoin the team on their upcoming five-game road trip from Mar. 19-26, but it now appears it will be on the later end of that timetable. At this point, his target date will likely be either next Wednesday against the Oilers or Thursday against the Canucks.

Erik Johnson D COL 3 weeks ago

Johnson (knee) is expected to return during the Avalanche's upcoming five-game road trip that will span last from Mar. 19-26.

Coach Patrick Roy relayed that Johnson has been doing well since he resumed skating last week, potentially putting him on track to resume practicing with the Avalanche in the coming days. Assuming that Johnson's recovery continues to progress smoothly, it appears he'll end up hitting the back end of the 3-to-8 week recovery timeline the team set for him when he first required the knee scope in late January. Prior to suffering the injury, Johnson ranked as one of the leading goal scorers among defensemen, producing 12 goals in 47 games.

Erik Johnson D COL 4 weeks ago

Johnson (knee) was on the ice for a skate for Friday, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.

Coach Patrick Roy relayed after Johnson's light session that it was the first time the blueliner had been on the ice since undergoing a knee scope in late January. Johnson is about six weeks through the 3-to-8 week recovery timetable the Avalanche initially established for him, so it looks like he could have a chance at meeting the back end of that frame. He'll need to make steady progress over his next handful of on-ice sessions before a more definitive target return date can be pinned down.

Erik Johnson D COL 2 months ago

Coach Patrick Roy said Johnson (knee) has been swimming and performing light activities in the gym during his rehab process, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

Johnson underwent a knee scope about two weeks ago, with the Avalanche projecting him to miss 3-to-8 weeks at that time. Since he has yet to resume skating, it doesn't appear that he'll hit the short end of that timetable, but if his rehab continues to go smoothly, a return before the end of the month isn't out of the question.

Erik Johnson D COL 2 months ago

Johnson (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday.

The roster move was expected in the wake of the news earlier in the day that Johnson would require a knee scope and miss the next three-to-eight weeks. The newly minted All-Star, who sits tied for first in the NHL in goals (12) among defenseman, was forced to sit out the past weekend's festivities due to the injury, and it now looks like he'll be sidelined for a significant chunk of the second half. It's a crippling blow for a Colorado blue line that had already been struggling to provide protection for its goalies, who have faced the second-most shot attempts in the league this season.

Erik Johnson D COL 2 months ago

Coach Patrick Roy indicated that Johnson will miss the next 3-to-8 weeks after undergoing a knee scope.

We'll look for a more precise timetable in the coming days, but either way, Johnson -- who has notched 23 points in 47 games to date -- is going to miss a decent chunk of time and is thus a candidate to head to the Avs' IR list.