“It doesn’t look good to me,” Florida coach Bob Boughner said. “It looks long term, and there’s no way to sugarcoat it.”
The Panthers forward appeared to injure his right leg when he crashed into the end boards in the Senators zone while fighting for control of the puck with Ottawa forward Ryan Dzingel. He left the game with 1:47 remaining in the first with the Panthers killing a Senators power play and leading 3-1.
Trocheck will fly with the Panthers to Tampa, where they play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, before traveling to their facility in Sunrise, Florida, on Tuesday to be further evaluated.
“We know it’s not going to be a short-term thing, by the looks of it,” Boughner said. “He’s an important piece to the puzzle in there. He’s one of our leaders; the guy that plays with a lot of passion every night. To see him go down screaming in pain like that is an awful thing.”
Trocheck has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 18 games this season. He was second on the Panthers with 75 points (31 goals, 44 assists) last season, behind Aleksander Barkov‘s 78.
“Not only is he one of our best players, but he’s a good friend to all of us,” Florida forward Micheal Haley said. “It’s not something that you like to see, but in that instance, you’ve got to kind of put it in the back of your mind and try to do the best you can.”
The game went to the first intermission with 3:37 left in the first period because of a medical event involving a fan. The remaining time was played after the intermission before the start of the second period.