Blues' Gunnarsson out for season; Barbashev has ankle surgery

Blues' Gunnarsson out for season; Barbashev has ankle surgery

2021-02-23 18:10:44

Things looked bad when it happened, and yes, St. Louis Blues defender Carl Gunnarsson is out for the season.

Gunnarsson sustained an injury to his right knee against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday evening. He is currently undergoing further orthopedic testing, but the only certainty, the team announced, is that he is out for the season.

Gunnarsson collapsed on the ice after going against the boards for the puck in the second period on Monday. He needed to be lifted and supported under each arm by teammates Robert Bortuzzo and Jacob de la Rose as he left the ice without putting any weight on his right leg.

Gunnarsson, 34, has two assists and six minutes penalty in 12 games this season. He became a regular part of the blue line when Colton Parayko (lower body) was injured.

The Blues also announced that attacker Ivan Barbashev had successful surgery on his left ankle on Tuesday morning and will be re-evaluated in six weeks.

Barbashev, 25, has been eliminated since February 18 when he injured his ankle in the third period of the Blues' 3-2 win over San Jose. He was placed in the injured reserve the next day. Barbashev has two goals and four assists in 17 games this season.


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