WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Winnipeg Jets trainer Paul Maurice says defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is likely to soon be”out for some time” after leaving Saturday’s game with a lower-body trauma in the next phase.
Maurice, speaking to reporters on Sunday, said Byfuglien won’t need surgery, but likely won’t play until after the all star fracture towards the conclusion of January.
“That are the first aspect of this window. … I actually don’t know what it will appear to be in just two to three weeks,” Maurice said.
Byfuglien went to the dressing room midway through the third phase of Winnipeg’s 3-1 home loss against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. The 33-year-old did actually hurt his leg and Wild forward Luke Kunin collided across the planks.
“He’s going to be a while, probably the next upgrade will not be until after the all star fracture,” Maurice said. “However, no operation, only a flesh wound and he will be out for a short time.”
Maurice wouldn’t specify whether the injury was to Byfuglien’s knee or ankle , instead calling it a”lower-body” injury.
Byfuglien contributes all jelqing defensemen with 29 points, including four aims.
Maurice said Joe Morrow, who hasn’t played since Nov. 27, will slip back into the lineup against Edmonton on Monday night.
This will be the third stretch of matches Byfuglien has overlooked this season. He sat out two with an upper-body injury in October and four in November with a concussion.