Winnipeg Jets cope with injury-addled players
Injured Winnipeg Jets unlikely to return to ice soon, head coach Claude Noel says
The Winnipeg Jets are coping with a number of injuries, and coach Claude Noel didn’t have any firm answers on Wednesday about when four of the injured players would be back in the game.
Noel said star forward Evander Kane was still listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury he suffered in the game against the Philadelphia Flyers back on Nov. 29.
“We were hoping at this point he would be moving along, so we’re just kind of doing our research and due diligence,” Noel said. “It’s coming along slower than we anticipated. He’s not a player in the next few games, I don’t anticipate, not until he comes back and skates with us.”
Kane last touched the ice Dec. 6, prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning but has continued to do off ice workouts.
As for defenceman Zach Bogosian, Noel said he’s still a couple weeks away from his return from a groin injury. Bogosian’s on-ice workouts were put on hold this past week due to flu-like symptoms. The 23-year-old has missed the last 11 games.
Defenceman Paul Postma, who was out to recover from a blood clot, has resumed skating but only in a limited capacity with no contact. Noel said Postma will be reassessed mid-January.
Finally, fourth-line centre Jim Slater, who is out for a hernia, could be shelved the longest. When asked for a timeline, Noel said Slater is further behind Postma in his recovery.