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Florida Panthers Place Patric Hornqvist on LTIR



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Patric Hornqvist celebrates his playoff goal in Tampa with Florida Panthers teammates Carter Verhaeghe and Jonathan Huberdeau on May 20, 2021. (Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire)

The Florida Panthers will place Patric Hornqvist on long-term injured reserve (LTIR) today after he took a high hit in the second period of Saturday night’s game in Seattle.

Hornqvist apparently sustained a concussion in the game, one he was immediately taken out of by medical trainer Dave DiNapoli.

By putting Hornqvist on LTIR, the Panthers will be able to clear a decent-sized chunk of his $5.3 million cap hit to bring up other players in the interim.

Hornqvist will have to miss 10 games and 24 days before he can come off LTIR.

Frank Seravalli was the first to report the news.

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Florida started Saturday’s game a player short due to Anton Lundell being unable to go. The Panthers then lost Radko Gudas and Hornqvist during the game.

Gudas also appeared to sustain a concussion when he collided with teammate Sam Bennett.

The Panthers visit Winnipeg on Tuesday night and will likely recall a number of players from AHL Charlotte to fill out the roster.

By having Hornqvist’s salary temporarily off the cap, Florida can bring up a couple of players.

UPDATE: Florida has brought up veteran center Zac Dalpe and defenseman Matt Kiersted from Charlotte.

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As for Anthony Duclair returning, that does not appear to be close to happening although some are linking Hornqvist’s trip to LTIR to Duclair returning.

That is not the case. As of last week, Duclair had yet to start skating after having offseason surgery on his Achilles tendon.

Once he starts skating it could take 4-6 weeks before he is ready to return to the lineup.

Hornqvist may be back by then.



  • When: Tuesday, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Canada Life Center; Winnipeg, Manitoba
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  • Last season: Florida won 2-0
  • All-time regular season series: Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets lead 50-31-8, 5 ties

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Bummer for Patric. Outspoken cheerleader and a big cog in the Panther’s wheel. Let’s pray that the concussion proves to be mild and asymptomatic. Any word on Radko Gudas at this point?

Doc Brown

If it was “asymptomatic” as you say, then he would not have a concussion. The definition of a “disease” is, and I paraphrase, “a condition that produces symptoms.” The definition of “asymptomatic” is without symptoms, hence without disease. Now, he may have symptoms so subtle that he is not able to perceive them. In any case, we need the cap space and I think we have enough “veteran cheerleaders” on this team.


In this instance, I was referencing trauma as opposed to disease. Mild or no symptoms (asymptomatic) doesn’t mean you don’t have a concussion. Some people don’t notice any symptoms immediately, and any ensuing may not be extreme. It’s possible that you’ll then experience only a mild headache for a few days before getting back to normal. Your apparent concern for “cap space” over the well-being of the player has me questioning the legitimacy of the “Doc” in your name.


George-Does Zito have the option of keeping Hornqvist on LTIR for the remainder of the season even if healthy enough to return before then, (like Tampa used the LTIR last season), meaning Duclair when healthy could be activated without making a trade and Hornqvist still eligible to play in the playoffs?

The Hammer

From my understanding, there are league doctors that check up on players in order to make sure the LTIR is being used properly. Now, whether those doctors are able to declare him “unfit to play” is an entire thing altogether. I am sure Tampa paid off the doctors because they are known cheaters and a dirty, dirty team. John Cooper is especially a dirty coach and uses tactics that can physically hurt other teams’ players.

Cats and Leafs

That hit was to the head and away from the puck… any review on it?

The Hammer

There should have been a review on it. The league typically does not do the Panthers any favors in these circumstances.


Weren’t Sprong and Hornquist teammates with the Penguins? Do they have history of dust ups? the league usually gauges consequences of “borderline” dirty hits on wether or not an injury was sustained and if so, how severe. I can’t believe with Patrick sustaining a concussion on the hit that there isn’t a suspension, as it stands, I don’t even think the league is going to review it, or else they would have already. How does that go one, uncalled on the ice and two, not reviewed after by the league?

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