WINNIPEG – Dustin Byfuglien He will be out until at least after the end of the 2011 NHL All-Star Honda with a lower body injury, Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice announced on Sunday.
Byfuglien kept the injury in the third period of a 3-1 defeat to Minnesota Wild on Saturday after a collision with wild Luke Kunin.
"It's out," said Maurice. "It will be a while, so we'll give you the next update probably after the All-Star break. Then there will be a window. There will be no surgery, there will be only one wound. It will be out for a moment."
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Winnipeg is 5-0-1 with Byfuglien off the lineup this season. The 33-year-old defender lost two games with a superior body injury (October 14 to 16) and four games with a concussion (November 29 to December 4).
Given the prognosis, Byfuglien will lose at least the next 10 games with his first appearance on January 28 against the Flyers of Philadelphia.
Byfuglien leads the Jets with an average of 24:30 hours of ice time and is ninth in NHL between the defenders with 29 points (four goals, 25 assists) in 32 games.
"It's a great gap," defense Ben Chiarot finger "It's obviously one of the top players in the League and an important team from our team. Whatever the amount of time it is out there, the others will have to intensify."
Maurice said Joe Morrow Will replace Byfuglien on the poster when the Edmonton Oilers play on Monday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, TSN3, NHL.TV).
Morrow has lost the last 15 games, eight due to a lower body injury and seven as a healthy rhythm.
"I've been watching a lot of hockey lately, obviously, and helps to understand what is happening and what to do with this team and how it does it," Morrow said. "I just have to simplify things. The simpler you are there when the first game returns, the better it will be. That's all I have. Make a lot of effort, do a lot of skating and play simple."
It is also hoping that the Jets call a Manitoba defender of the American Hockey League.
Mauritius said that, although it is a challenge to replace Byfuglien, it is an opportunity for other players to increase and show the depth of Winnipeg.
"What do you like if you get to [Stanley Cup Playoffs], you have a later part that understands 17-18 minutes of playoff hockey is heavy, "said Maurice." So we have players that enter. Coaches will always say it's the chance, they have an opportunity.
"This is a good idea, but when you have players capable of taking this opportunity, this is capable of doing it, then you have the opportunity to survive. We're going to lose [Byfuglien], surely, in almost every facet of your game. Size, physicality, offensive, time zone. … But we have other men who can do a part of what Dustin does. Maybe it's not the combined package, but everyone can do one. "
Defenseman jets Jacob Trouba he echoed Maurice's comments.
"Each team treats different wounded," Trouba said. "We have had important pieces that have happened in the past and we seem to find a way to fill and how we play the game, we have our identity and we have to play and play again."