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Jets' Enstrom out indefinitely

Winnipeg defenseman will have knee surgery

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Winnipeg Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom will have knee surgery Thursday and is out indefinitely, coach Paul Maurice said Tuesday.

"He's been able to get through it because of blocks of days off. If he can get a two-day block he'd get a little better," Maurice told the Jets website. "It's just getting worse, and it continues to get worse. It got to the point, he's not recovering and he hasn't been for almost a month now. 

Enstrom has two goals and 16 points with a plus-8 rating in 72 games this season for the Jets, who are 29th in the NHL with 64 points (29-37-6) one season after qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Enstrom has 52 goals and 288 points in 616 NHL games.

"We just can't have the injury get any worse than it is ..." Maurice said. "If we were pushing for the playoffs today, he'd still be getting it done. It's just gotten to a point that we can't manage the pain anymore."

Defenseman Julian Melchiori was recalled on an emergency basis from Manitoba of the American Hockey League. Melchiori has played two NHL games, including one this season.

The Jets play the Vancouver Canucks at MTS Centre on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; SNP, TSN3, NHL.TV).

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