MacKenzie (shoulder) has retired from the NHL, George Richards of The Athletic reports. Although MacKenzie will no longer be involved as a player, the 37-year-old vet has already transitioned into the second stage of his NHL career as an assistant coach for the Panthers. The 1999 fifth-round pick will retire having racked up 51 goals and 125 points in 611 appearances during his illustrious 16-year career.
MacKenzie (shoulder) underwent surgery on his injured shoulder and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team announced Tuesday. While the Panthers described the surgery as successful, it's certainly a possibility that MacKenzie will have to hang up his skates considering he is 37 years of age. The veteran will almost certainly miss the bulk of the 2018-19 campaign, and could be hard pressed to make his way back into the lineup. Selected in the fifth round of the 1999 NHL Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, the Ontario native has played in 611 NHL games in which he has compiled 51 goals, 74 assists and 337 PIM.
As expected, the Panthers placed MacKenzie (shoulder) on injured reserve Friday, George Richards of The Athletic reports. MacKenzie will be sidelined indefinitely once he undergoes shoulder surgery after the Panthers return from their trip to Finland, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. The veteran forward can be ignored in all fantasy formats.
MacKenzie will undergo shoulder surgery and is expected to miss a significant chunk of time, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports. MacKenzie has been sidelined since Opening Night against the Lightning. Unable to practice due to his absence, it appears the center and the team decided surgery was the best course of action. Look for the 37-year-old to be placed on injured reserve in the coming days in order to free up a roster spot.
MacKenzie (upper body) did not participate in Monday's practice, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports. The team was hopeful MacKenzie would return for last Saturday's game against the Canucks, but the 37-year-old has yet to rejoin the team in practice. Even once MacKenzie is fully healthy it is not a guarantee that he sees action right away, given the current success of the Panthers' fourth line being centered by rookie Juho Lammikko.
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