Ed Jovanovski has been struggling with a painful hip injury for years. He's been out since last March with hip resurfacing surgery that will hopefully extend his career.
Not every one of this season's most significant injuries were actually suffered in the 2013-14 season. "Jovo-Cop" played only six games last year, and missed 41 games this season.
The Florida Panthers blue line is something of a mess, beyond the top pairing of Brian Campbell and Tom Gilbert. Having their captain back at full speed would have gone a long way to shoring up a weak and inexperienced blue line both at even strength and while killing penalties.
In his prime, Jovanovski was one of the league's stronger top-pairing defensemen. The '94 first overall selection received Norris consideration seven times in his career, finishing as high as sixth twice. He last received Norris trophy votes in 2009-10 in Phoenix when he scored 34 points in 66 games while providing hard-nosed shutdown defensive play.
While he wouldn't be quite that good today, even with a healthy hip, he'd at least be a man who could play 20-plus minutes a night of top-four play, as well as a true difference maker on one of the league's weaker blue lines.
Other Significant Injuries
The Panthers sent two players to the Olympics, both of whom were injured. Yes, it was that kind of season for this team.
Tomas Kopecky has missed a total of 26 games so far this year with a concussion and upper body injuries, and rookie sensation Aleksander Barkov has missed 21 games with a knee injury. Both are expected to miss the season's remaining games, too.
Source : http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2014687-every-nhl-teams-most-significant-injury-in-2013-14-season