Calgary Flames defenseman TJ Brodie sustained a broken bone in his right hand and is week-to-week, general manager Brad Treliving said Wednesday.
Brodie, 25, sustained the injury when he was hit by a shot in the third period of a preseason game Monday against the Edmonton Oilers. He will not need surgery and is likely to miss anywhere from 3-6 weeks.
"The good news, if you can take any, is that he won't need any surgery," Treliving said. "It's not displaced. It will be one that won't require surgery and we'll get him on the mend as soon as possible."
Brodie set career-highs with 11 goals and 41 points in 81 games last season, and is expected to be a key component on a Flames defense that includes captain Mark Giordano, veteran Dennis Wideman and offseason acquisition Dougie Hamilton.
"It's definitely not the way I wanted to start, but there's nothing I can do about it now. It's just trying to stay in shape and heal up as quick as possible and be ready for when I can come back," said Brodie, who will be able to skate and work out during the recovery period.
A fourth-round pick (No. 114) by the Flames in the 2008 NHL Draft, Brodie has 19 goals and 100 points in 266 games. His injury opens up the opportunity for other defensemen in training camp to show their abilities.
"The good news is I think we've got some people battling. We've got some people who've come in here on a tryout basis, and we've got some young kids pushing too," Treliving said. "We know how important TJ is for us and you never want to see this happen, but he'll be back soon and who is going to step up and take a hold of this."