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April 10, 2021 05:28 PM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Expected to miss regular season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (upper body) is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season, Adrian Dater of reports.

Johnson has been out since January with an upper-body issue. He appeared in just four games this season, tallying one assist and a plus-2 rating. It's unclear if Colorado expects him to return in the postseason or not.

March 6, 2021 09:40 PM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Moves to long-term IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (upper body) was placed on long-term injured reserve Saturday, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

Johnson has been out for five weeks already, and he isn't expected to return any time soon. This move allows the Avalanche to spend over the salary cap in his absence.

February 12, 2021 10:32 PM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Lands on injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (upper body) was designated for injured reserve Friday.

Considering Johnson has already missed nearly two weeks with his upper-body issue, he'll be eligible to be activated as soon as he is ready. The move will allow the Avalanche to activate Devon Toews (foot), who figures to jump into a top-four assignment.

February 2, 2021 12:08 PM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Deemed week-to-week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (upper body) is considered week-to-week with his upper-body issue, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

Johnson joins a long list of injured Avalanche players that includes Nathan MacKinnon (lower body), Pavel Francouz (lower body), Devon Toews (lower body), Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (knee) and Matt Calvert (upper body). Although Colorado has yet to release a specific timetable, it wouldn't be surprising to see Johnson end up on injured reserve if he's expected to miss a week or more. The 32-year-old blueliner has picked up one assist through four games this campaign.

January 31, 2021 06:56 PM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Expected to miss Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (upper body) is not expected to suit up for Sunday's tilt with Minnesota, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

Johnson left Saturday's game against the Wild after taking a hit from Jordan Greenway and was unable to return. The 32-year-old blueliner is questionable for Tuesday's game against Minnesota for now.

January 31, 2021 11:56 AM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Departs in first period
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson exited Saturday's game against the Wild in the first period with an upper-body injury, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

Johnson logged just 3:21 of ice time before leaving after taking a hard hit from Wild forward Jordan Greenway. His head hit the ice, so he could be examined for a concussion. If Johnson doesn't return, it's unclear if he'll be back in action Sunday against the Wild. Should he be unable to go Sunday, then expect Greg Pateryn to be called up from the taxi squad.

January 29, 2021 04:20 PM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Active in own end
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson had one shot on goal, four hits and three blocked shots over a season-high 19:34 of ice time in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Sharks.

Johnson appears to be getting his groove back after dealing with the effects of COVID-19, which has limited him to three games. Thursday's effort was the most activity from the veteran blueliner, who also logged 4:23 on the penalty-kill unit.

January 27, 2021 03:40 AM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Notches assist in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (conditioning) posted an assist, three shots on goal and two PIM in 19:00 during Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Sharks.

Johnson was playing in just his second game of the year. He helped out on Joonas Donskoi's tally that put the Avalanche on the board in the third period. Johnson isn't likely to see much more than a third-pairing role, especially as he works toward game speed. The 32-year-old blueliner could also cycle out of the lineup when head coach Jared Bednar wants to get Greg Pateryn some playing time.

January 26, 2021 07:16 PM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Will play Tuesday
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Johnson (conditioning) will suit up against the Sharks on Tuesday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

Given the amount of blue-line depth the Avs have right now, Johnson could find himself being rested somewhat frequently this season, in part to get some of the team's youngsters onto the ice. In his lone appearance this season, the veteran logged just 11:47 of ice time, two blocks and a hit.

January 24, 2021 05:44 PM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Sitting out again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (conditioning) won't play in Sunday's game against the Ducks, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

Johnson played in Tuesday's win over the Kings, but he hasn't played since because his conditioning isn't up to par. The 32-year-old's next chance to play is Tuesday against the Sharks.

January 23, 2021 09:08 AM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Inactive Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson was held out of Friday's game against the Ducks due to conditioning, Rob Knabenbauer of the Avalanche's official site reports.

Johnson, who missed the entirety of training camp due to COVID-19, played Tuesday before sitting out games Thursday and Friday. Colorado head coach Jared Bednar feels he's not yet at an appropriate conditioning level. Johnson played Tuesday because the Avs traded Ian Cole and needed a body for that game. Since then, Greg Pateryn, who was acquired in the Cole deal, and prospect Bowen Byram suited up on the third pair.

January 22, 2021 10:48 AM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Held out Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson was not active for Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Kings.

Colorado head coach Jared Bednar has a surfeit of defensemen and can't play all eight every night, so Johnson, who made his season debut Wednesday, stepped aside Thursday. Instead, prospect Bowen Byram and the recently acquired Greg Pateryn made their debuts for the Avalanche. Colorado has used 11 forwards and seven defenseman the last two games while forward Andre Burakovsky has battled an upper-body injury, but Burakovsky participated in Thursday's morning skate. If he's ready to play Sunday in Anaheim, Bednar will have decisions to make about which two of the four extra blueliners will suit up.

January 20, 2021 12:00 PM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Slides into lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson had one hit and two blocked shots over 11:47 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Kings.

Johnson made his season debut following quarantine for COVID-19. The Avalanche suggested he would miss a few games before getting on the ice, but those plans changed and the veteran lined up on the third pair. Colorado also called up Conor Timmins and Dennis Gilbert from the taxi squad, giving it eight active defensemen for the game and just 11 forwards. Both Timmins (10:41) and Gilbert (9:54) helped out Johnson while also making up for the absence of winger Andre Burakovsky (upper body). Going forward, Johnson will likely stay on the third pair, per Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.

January 20, 2021 01:36 AM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Will play Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (undisclosed) will be in the lineup against Los Angeles on Tuesday, AJ Haefele of DNVR reports.

Johnson will be making his season debut after missing the first two matches of the season with his undisclosed injury. With Andre Burakovsky (upper body) unavailable, the Avs will utilize seven blueliners rather than pull Conor Timmins or Ryan Graves out of the lineup to create space for Johnson.

January 17, 2021 02:20 PM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Will miss more time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson is expected to miss a few more games as he gets back into shape, Evan Rawal of DNVR reports.

Johnson rejoined the Avalanche on Sunday after missing the entirety of training camp following a positive test for COVID-19. The 32-year-old wasn't allowed to use the team facilities at all during that time, and he'll need a few more days to get back up to speed. In turn, Conor Timmins is expected to slot into the lineup until Johnson is ready to go.

January 16, 2021 07:20 PM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Clears COVID-19 protocols
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson cleared the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Saturday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.

Johnson's now eligible to practice with the team after testing positive for the virus before training camp. The 32-year-old blueliner's first chance to play will be Tuesday's game against the Kings if his conditioning is up to par.

January 14, 2021 04:48 AM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Tested positive for COVID-19
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson's absence was the result of a positive COVID-19 test, Rick Sadowski of reports.

Johnson is expected to be back around the team Saturday, which means he will be out of action for the first two games of the year. With the veteran blueliner unavailable, Conor Timmins is slated to jump into the lineup versus St. Louis. At this point in his career, Johnson isn't exactly an offensive powerhouse, so he's unlikely to offer much more than fringe fantasy value this season.

January 12, 2021 11:40 PM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Unlikely for season opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (undisclosed) remains unfit to play and will miss Wednesday's season-opener versus the Blues, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

Johnson missed virtually all of training camp with the undisclosed issue. The 32-year-old defenseman will likely need some additional time to get up to speed. Barring a remarkable turnaround, Johnson will miss Opening Night. While Johnson is out, look for Conor Timmins to see top-four playing time along the Avalanche's blue line.

January 11, 2021 05:40 AM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Still unavailable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (undisclosed) has yet to join the Avalanche at training camp and is considered unfit to participate, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

Head coach Jared Bednar hasn't elaborated on why Johnson is away from the team, but he's trending toward missing Wednesday's season-opener against the Blues. Conor Timmins has been filling into Johnson's second-pairing role during training camp.

January 9, 2021 02:24 AM
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Remains sidelined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

According to coach Jared Bednar, Johnson (undisclosed) has yet to join the Avalanche for training camp, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

Colorado won't be releasing any details regarding what's keeping Johnson away from the team, but it's looking more and more likely he won't be available for the Avalanche's season opener versus St. Louis on Wednesday. If Johnson misses game action, Dennis Gilbert or Conor Timmins will likely take his spot in the lineup.

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