The injury which forced Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson from the All-Star Game festivities this past weekend is actually much worse than what we initially thought, as we first had the impression that the Avalanche didn't want to send their top defenseman to the extra-curriculars, just to save him from excess work and they would give him a game off on the other side of the break, just to stay within the rules.
No, after a scope on his knee, the team has been forced to keep the 2006 1st overall pick off the ice for the next 3-to-8 weeks, in order to recover from a knee problem. It is quite the vast timeframe for being out, the good end being far greater than the long end of the scale, but given the parameters of the injury, that's just how the cookie could possibly crumble.
Johnson has been great this season, despite the poor showing for the Avalanche, ranking 189th overall in pool scoring and 29th among defensemen in scoring with 12 goals and 23 points in 47 games with the Avalanche. His 12 goals is tied for tops among all blueliners, tied with Calgary's Dennis Wideman for the honour.
Out of all the injury news that has dropped today, Johnson's is the first that really has some meaning towards the money race, as 4th place Wes has Johnson and has enjoyed the spoils of drafting him 215th this season, down in the 10th round.
Wes currently sits 5 points out of 3rd place and 10 points above 6th place in the overall standings, but his team is well out of the second segment race, 34 points out of 1st place, down in 4th with 168 points.
An updated list of injuries can be found here.