Erik Johnson D COL 4 days ago

Johnson is approaching 100 percent after missing the final 34 games of the regular with a knee injury and will be ready for the start of next season Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

Johnson underwent a knee scope on January 26th and was expected to only miss 3-8 weeks, but an extended recovery and the Avs' inability to obtain a playoff spot forced Johnson to miss the remainder of the season. The defenseman had embraced the added responsibility that was given to him by the coaching staff and was on pace for a stellar season with 12 goals and 11 assists through 47 games and even earned a selection to the NHL All-Star Game before going down with the injury. Despite the disappointing end to the season, Johnson is right around the corner from a full recovery and will be ready for the start of next season with hopes of leading the Avs to a Stanley Cup Championship.

Erik Johnson D COL 3 weeks ago

Johnson (knee) won't play Tuesday against the Preds.

Beyond Tuesday's contest, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post relays that coach Patrick Roy will be "very surprised" if Johnson plays again this season.

Erik Johnson D COL 4 weeks ago

Johnson (knee) has not been cleared to play and will not join the Avalanche for their three-game road trip through California this week.

Optimism seemed to be building over the past weekend that a lineup return was imminent for Johnson, who had been able to skate with the Avalanche on Saturday morning. However, it sounds like the blueliner isn't progressing as quickly as it appeared, and it's now in question whether he'll even play again this season. After the Avalanche complete their road trip, the team will only have three games remaining on its regular-season schedule. With the playoffs likely a pipe dream at this point, it may make sense for the Avalanche to shut him down for precautionary purposes.

Erik Johnson D COL 1 month 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 month 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 1 month 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 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months 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.