AVALANCHE

Avalanche give brutal update on health of forward Artturi Lehkonen

Nov 11, 2023, 12:17 PM

Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar passed along an unfortunate update about the health of forward Artturi Lehkonen on Saturday.

After the team’s morning skate, Bednar announced Lehkonen would miss “weeks” due to a scary collision into the boards against the Seattle Kraken earlier this week.

Lehkonen was taken to the hospital on Thursday night after going head first into the boards following a hit by Seattle defenseman Jamie Oleksiak. The incident occurred in the second period with 8:15 to go and the Avs trailing 3-1.

You can watch it here, but a fair warning, it’s difficult to see.

The Avalanche announced that Lehkonen had been taken to the hospital after he was able to leave the ice under his own power. They noted he was “alert, responsive and has full movement,” which was obviously great news.

Colorado will miss Lehkonen in a big way. He’s tied for fourth on the team with eight points, netting three goals and adding five assists.

Will the Avs make a big move? Patrick Kane is still a free agent and has been vaguely linked to the team.

We’ll keep an eye on it, but for now Colorado will need its depth scoring to step up. They’re currently 8-4-0 on the young season and host the Blues later tonight.

Avalanche

Nikola Jokic Avs...

Jake Shapiro

Nikola Jokic pops up at Avalanche game, gets MVP chants

From one MVP to another? Nikola Jokic shared the screen with Nathan MacKinnon on Tuesday while the Colorado Avalanche played at Ball Arena

8 hours ago

Luke Glendening #11 of the Tampa Bay Lightning wins a face off against Ross Colton #20 of the Color...

Jake Shapiro

Avalanche finally returning home after losing on the road again

The Colorado Avalanche have played just two games at home in the past five weeks and they are finally coming home on Sunday

5 days ago

Cale Makar...

Will Petersen

NHL execs and players rank Cale Makar league’s top defenseman

In a new survey released by ESPN on Tuesday, Cale Makar was ranked first on 17 of the 20 ballots and second on the other three

8 days ago

Gabriel Landeskog...

Will Petersen

Fair or not, Avalanche desperately need Gabriel Landeskog back

The Avs look like they're still on vacation, not in the thick off a playoff chase; Gabriel Landeskog could fix two areas they must address

8 days ago

Mile High Hockey...

Rachel Vigil

The missing pieces need to be found for the Avs

Mike Evans reacts to the downward spiral of the Avalanche’s recent performances, and dives in to the missing pieces, like an absent Val Nichushkin, that would put the team back on track.

8 days ago

Nathan MacKinnon...

Will Petersen

New poll says Avs superstar Nathan MacKinnon is likely NHL MVP

A new ESPN poll has Nathan MacKinnon receiving 80 percent of the first-place votes for the Hart Trophy; that's up from 42 percent last month

14 days ago

Avalanche give brutal update on health of forward Artturi Lehkonen