The Winnipeg Jets are getting closer to a witnessing a return from one of their long-term injured players, for another, his season is over.
Grant Clitsome’s nagging back injury became season-ending earlier in the month. The Jets released this statement on their website regarding the 28-year old:
“The Winnipeg Jets today announced defenceman Grant Clitsome underwent season-ending back surgery yesterday at the Marina Spine Center in Marina del Rey, California. The surgery was performed by renowned back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, Sr.”
Clitsome hadn’t played since December 17th, and was placed on Injured Reserve just prior to the New Year. Clitsome skated in 32 games in 2013, recording 2 goals, 12 points, and a +5 rating.
Paul Postma will be making his return from Injured Reserve soon, after some encouraging progress in the past week. Postma first hit the ice last week, skating before Jets’ practice with Strength and Conditioning coach Lee Stubbs. This week has been much of the same, with Postma skating at home while the Jets went on the road, and doing off-ice workouts as well. Postma’s condition hasn’t been updated by the team, but it is rumored that he could return to practice inside the next week, and be game-ready by mid-February. Postma has been on IR since mid-October with a blood clot in his leg.
Slater has been on Injured Reserve since mid-October, when he was held out of the lineup, originally day-to-day with an undiscosed injury. Two weeks later, the Jets annunced that he had undergone sports hernia surgery, and would be out indefinitely. Without any official word since then, it is safe to reason that Slater has been making minimal progress. Slater is 12 weeks removed from his operation, something that usually would take 5-6 weeks to mend. Slater could be on the ice by mid-February, but it is unknown if he has started off-ice workouts. He has one point in eight games this season.
Matt Halischuk suffered a broken arm while blocking a shot in the Jets’ loss to the Dallas Stars back on December 15th, and underwent a surgical procedure the next day. Halischuk is nearing the end of an expected 6-week recovery window, but his condition has not been updated by the team. Halischuk has not skated since his injury, but if he has underwent rehab on his arm, he could be on the ice in as little as 2 weeks. Halischuk has 10 points in 30 games this season.
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