The Winnipeg Jets enter the third week of 2014 with the same four players on Injured Reserve, but a minor injury to one of the team’s most dynamic offensive players has kept him out of the Jets’ lineup for two games.
Evander Kane has missed the Jets’ last two games, after injuring his right hand in a fight with Eric Brewer in Winnipeg’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Kane, who has already missed ten games this season, has a minor laceration on the back of his hand from the helmet of Brewer, and could have bruising to accompany the wound. The 22-year old is expected to return to action on Thursday, January 16th, when the Jets take on the Calgary Flames. Kane has played in a second-line role for the majority of this season, but that could change under new coach Paul Maurice.
Clitsome has been on the Jets’ Injured Reserve for all of 2014, and has not played since December 17th. At the time, former head coach Claude Noel said that Clitsome “wasn’t feeling great”, but it is now known that the defenseman is suffering from an unknown back ailment. Clitsome has not been skating with the team, and his status is widely unknown. The Jets have yet to provide an official update on the 24-year old. Clitsome has played in 32 games, recording 2 goals and 12 points coupled with a +5 rating.
Halischuk was placed on Injured Reserve in mid-December, after he underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured arm. Halischuk suffered the injury in the December 14 game against the Dallas Stars, when he blocked a shot in the defensive zone. The first-year Jet is in Week 5 of an estimated 6-8 week recovery, which is common for a fracture of his severity. The 25-year old has yet to resume skating, and is still out “indefinitely” according to the Jets. Halischuk has 3 goals and 7 points this year, playing in 30 games. His placement in the lineup will also be unknown under the new coaching staff.
Slater hasn’t played since the middle of October, when he was originally day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. As the month concluded, and Slater was still not on the ice, the Jets updated his condition, announcing that he had undergone sports hernia surgery. The 30-year old is well past the 5-6 week recovery period, and is now in Week 10 since the injury. If Slater has started light resistance training since the New Year, he could resume skating near the end of the month, and return to game action shortly after. Slater has 1 assist in eight games this year.
Postma has been out of the Jets’ lineup since late October, when he was diagnosed with a blood clot in his leg. Blood clots are very inconsistent, and it can take from 6-10 weeks for it to fully dissolve. Postma is in Week 10 of his recovery, and although he skated several times in mid-December, he is still at least two weeks away from a return to practice. Postma will be evaluated this week, and the Jets could make an official announcement in the coming days.
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