Panthers’ Huberdeau, Barkov out until March, possibly longer


Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau. Lynne Sladky (CP)

The Florida Panthers could be without top players Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov until March and possibly the rest of the season.

Huberdeau has been out since he suffered an Achilles injury on Oct. 8 during Florida’s last pre-season game. His initial diagnosis had him out for three to four months, but general manager Tom Rowe’s latest March update would put his total recovery time to five months.

Barkov has been out since Dec. 28 when he left a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with an undisclosed injury. It was originally suggested that he would only miss three weeks but now there is not timetable for his return.

Barkov and Huberdeau were both tied in third in scoring for the Panthers last season with 59 points. Barkov had 26 goals and 31 assists while Huberdeau had 20 goals and 39 assists.

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