The Winnipeg Jets are making some progress with their currently injured players, and without any new injuries as of late, things are looking up as the team heads into a tough schedule.
Postma was the Jets’ biggest news on the injury front, as the defenseman skated for the first time since being placed on Injured Reserve in late October. Postma’s blood clot is slowly but surely dissolving, and after being re-evaluated this week, Postma hit the ice for some light skating during Jets’ practice on Sunday. Postma is still 2 weeks away from a return to the roster, and has not been cleared for body contact or full practice drills.
Kane has been out of the Jets’ lineup for the past four games, bringing his season total up to 12. Kane’s last action was on January 7th, when he cut and bruised his right hand in a fight with Eric Brewer with 20 seconds remaining in the game. Kane hasn’t played under new hire Paul Maurice, so his placement in the lineup could be different from his usual second-line position. The 22-year old will be in the lineup when the Jets take on the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, the Jets announced.
Matt Halischuk is on the road to recovery from a surgery to fix a fractured forearm suffered on December 15th. Halischuk could return to practice action in the next two weeks, as he is in week 6 of an estimated 6-8 week rehab process. Halischuk, who has 10 points in 30 games this season, has not had his condition updated by the team. His third-line role could also change under Maurice when he returns to practice and game action.
Grant Clitsome went through another week without an official update from the Jets, after playing his last game on December 17th. Clitsome has been on IR for all of 2014, after the team announced he was suffering from a back ailment, after it was originally speculated that he had the flu. The 24-year old has not been skating with the team since his injury. Clitsome has 12 points and a +5 rating after 32 games with the Jets this season.
Slater’s condition has not been updated since late October, when it was announced that he had undergone hernia surgery. The 30-year old is in Week 11 since his injury, abnormal compared to the 5-6 week recovery period that is the norm for an injury of the sort. Slater hasn’t started skating with the team, but if he has began training, he could hit the ice by early February. He has one assist in 8 games this season.
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