The Winnipeg Jets made a trio of roster moves on Friday afternoon, sending one down to the AHL, activating one off the Injured Reserve, and sending one to that very same IR.
The former of those belongs to 25-year old Zach Redmond. Redmond has spend his entire pro career flip-flopping between the NHL and AHL levels, and most recently spent a 3-game stint with the Jets, failing to register a point. Redmond will join the St. John’s Ice Caps, with whom he has already played two games for this season.
Redmond was sent down to free up a roster spot for 29-year old defenseman Mark Stuart, who has fully recovered from a hip injury that he suffered on October 29th against the St. Louis Blues. Stuart, a top-four defenseman, had 2 assists and was a +2 in the 12 games up until that point. Stuart has been practicing with the Jets for nearly a week, and say he feels back to 100%. “So far so good” was his comment when asked about his condition. Coach Claude Noel had this to say about Stuart drawing back into the lineup:
“It’ll be good for him to come back. He plays with his heart on a sleeve and sometimes you miss that emotion as well.”
The Jets were dealt a blow defensively on Friday with news that defenseman Zach Bogosian will be out for a bit longer, and placed him on the Injured Reserve. Because Bogosian suffered his groin strain on November 15, the placement is retroactive to that day, and he could return at any time. However, Noel described him as “week-to-week”. Bogosian had one goal and four points, and was a +8 in the 21 games he played for the Jets prior to the injury.
Fellow Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was described as “banged-up” by Noel on Friday, and subsequently missed the team’s workout, so there is a slim chance he won’t be in the lineup on Saturday when the Jets take on the Minnesota Wild.
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