WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets will be without defenceman Tyler Myers for the next six-to-eight weeks, Head Coach Paul Maurice announced Tuesday.
Myers had surgery on Monday to repair a lingering lower-body injury that is unrelated to the off-season hip and knee procedures he had prior to the 2016-17 campaign.
The defenceman has missed the past 39 games.
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"He had an injury where there was a long rehab, and for 90 percent of people, it's just long and they eventually get past that threshold, (but) he could never get past that threshold," Maurice said. "You delay it as long as you possibly can because you hope you don't have to [have surgery], and the bulk of the evidence says you won't have to, but there's also a section of athletes that need it.
"The expectation is that, if it's a normal rehab, that he's a full player (when he returns). We won't need two weeks after that to condition him back to shape. It's part of his rehab, which means if he gets to that window and all goes well, he'll be back in our lineup."
The six-to-eight week recovery time would put Myers back to 100 percent in late March, with about five or 10 games left on the schedule.
Myers has played only 11 games this season, recording five points (2G, 3A), 13 penalty minutes and a 50.1 percent Corsi For rating.
"Not having Tyler has had a major impact. … From the time he's been here, he's had a real big impact on our game," Maurice said. "It's pushed (Dustin) Byfuglien's minutes to a point that I don't think it's helped him. A positive is that (Jacob) Trouba has picked up more minutes in that role, but we've missed him greatly."
- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com