Erik Gudbranson D FLA 4 Days

Erik Gudbranson will represent Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championships in May.

In 66 games this season, he earned nine points and 114 penalty minutes for the Florida Panthers.

Erik Gudbranson D FLA 14 Days

Erik Gudbranson scored for the third time this season in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Philadelphia.

He got Florida on the board early in the third period with a wrist shot from the point. He also had a minus-3 rating and four shots. Gudbranson has a goal and an assist in his last two games, but he's registered just nine points this year.

Erik Gudbranson D FLA 27 Days

Erik Gudbranson returned to action on Thursday March 27.

Erik Gudbranson D FLA 27 Days

Florida GM Dale Tallon sees Erik Gudbranson as captain material.

Tallon told an Ottawa radio station recently that Gudbranson "is likely going to be the captain of our team some day." The 22-year-old defenseman was honored to hear that, but he knows he still has plenty of room for improvement before it can become a reality. "Those are great words to hear from Dale. That was pretty cool, but to me it's just about what you do on the ice, it's what you do in the dressing room," said Gudbranson. "I think it starts now. The environment here needs to change. We need to become winners here. I think for these last nine games pushing ourselves to the limit and going out and playing well, playing hard, playing together, is going to be a huge factor for next year." His 2013-14 campaign has been mired by injuries that have limited him to 56 appearances. Gudbranson plays a rugged style but his offensive game still leaves a lot to be desired.

Erik Gudbranson D FLA 28 Days

Florida interim coach Peter Horachek thinks Eric Gudbranson (knee) should be available for Thursday's game against Carolina.

That would make his return much earlier than originally expected. Gudbranson participated in Tuesday's morning skate and he's been sidelined since Mar. 9 with a knee ailment.

Erik Gudbranson D FLA 1 Month

The Florida Panthers have no interest in trading Erik Gudbranson or otherwise letting him leave over the summer.

Gudbranson is scheduled to become a restricted free agent and it sounds like the Panthers might attempt to lock him up to a long-term deal. "He is likely going to be the captain of our team some day," Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. Gudbranson has seven points and 93 penalty minutes in 56 games this season.

Erik Gudbranson D FLA 1 Month

Erik Gudbranson (knee) is expected be sidelined for "more than a week," according to interim bench boss Peter Horachek.

X-rays came back negative but he's still going to miss a fair amount of time after he was hurt Sunday in a collision with the Boston winger Brad Marchand. Mike Mottau was brought up from the minors on Tuesday and he played against Phoenix in Gudbranson's place.

Erik Gudbranson D FLA 1 Month

Erik Gudbranson (knee) was reportedly seen on crutches after Sunday's game.

He suffered a knee injury after he collided with Boston's Brad Marchand early in the third period. The extent of the damage is unclear at this time, but the Panthers are expected to call someone up from the minors at some point to replace him.

Erik Gudbranson D FLA 1 Month

Erik Gudbranson sustained a lower-body injury in Florida's loss against Boston on Sunday.

He was injured early in the third period after a collision with Bruins winger Brad Marchand and he wasn't able to return. Consider him day-to-day for now.

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Erik Gudbranson will be able to play in Thursday's game without the protective cage he has been forced to wear since breaking an orbital bone in December.

Believe it or not, one of the reasons advanced for Gudbranson's poor play the last month that has led to multiple healthy scratches has been the fact that he was wearing a cage on his helmet. Now tha the cage is off we will see if that makes any difference in Gudbranson's play. We're skeptical.