Johansen (thigh) received a qualifying offer by Nashville.
Johansen has now eclipsed the 60-point mark for his fourth consecutive season, including 26 power-play points. Before getting injured, he was indispensable on Nashville's playoff run, scoring three goals and adding 10 helpers, while posing a plus-12 rating. The center, who turns 25 in the end of July, is due to get paid after proving he yields consistent production on both ends of the ice, so it'll be interesting to see how much money the Preds are willing to shell out for him.
Johansen (thigh) says he should be able to skate in a few weeks, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.
This is a great sign for the young center, who should easily be ready for fall training camp if he keeps up this pace. Johansen missed the final eight games of the Preds' playoff run, but had three goals and 13 points in the first 14 games of the postseason. It's tough to not wonder what could have been if he was in the lineup the entirety of the playoffs, yet that just speaks to the value he'll bring to Nashville when he's fully healthy again.
Johansen underwent surgery for acute compartment syndrome on his left thigh within two hours of diagnosis, which prevented permanent damage to his muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. As a result, he is expected to make a full recovery.
Without going into too many medical details, acute compartment syndrome is a condition that occurs somewhat randomly in conjunction with a traumatic event. In Johansen's case, the traumatic event was likely when his left leg went awkwardly into the boards following a hit from the Ducks' Josh Manson in the second period of Game 4, per Grady Sas of TSN 1050. In any case, it's certainly a relief that Johansen avoided a more serious medical problem, and it's looking very likely that he'll be ready to go once training camp opens in the fall.
Johansen suffered a left thigh injury during Thursday's Game 4 loss to the Ducks that required emergency surgery to repair. The expected recovery time is two-to-three months, indicating that he will likely miss the remainder of the playoffs.
There is no underestimating how big a blow this is to a Nashville squad that has made it further into the playoffs than any iteration of the team in franchise history. Johansen is currently the team leader in points (13) and assists (10) during the playoffs, so replacing the 24-year-old's offensive production will be the first challenge facing the Predators' forward corps. Johansen had also become something of an emotional leader for the team too, as his feud with the Ducks' Ryan Kesler was a point of emphasis during these conference finals. Captain Mike Fisher (undisclosed) will have to step up big time assuming he is cleared to play soon.
Johansen recorded his third-straight multi-point game Sunday, notching a goal and an assist in a Game 2 loss to the Ducks.
Johansen has produced at a point-per-game rate this postseason and is a key contributor for the Predators. He made headlines following the game after he called out Ryan Kesler for his style of play, so that's an interesting storyline to monitor. Kesler appears to be in Johansen's head, so the former Blue Jacket will have to focus on himself and utilize his talent if he wants to win the matchup with Kesler and keep producing.