Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers will be out another 6-8 weeks after having surgery for a lower-body injury.
Myers, who had surgery Monday, according to Jets coach Paul Maurice, has missed 39 games.
"The expectation is that by the time he hits the six weeks, if it's the normal rehab, that we don't have to take another two weeks after that and condition him back into shape," Maurice said. "Part of his rehab means is that if he gets to that window and all goes well then he'll be back in the lineup at that time."
Maurice said the inijury is not related to a hip injury Myers had repaired last summer, but to a previously existing lower-body injury.
"The hip is fine," Maurice said. "When his hip got fixed, his range of motion got better, which may have led to part of this."
Myers has two goals and five points in 11 games this season, and has 59 goals and 198 points in 473 NHL games. The Jets acquired Myers, forward Drew Stafford, two prospects and a first-round pick in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres for forward Evander Kane and defenseman Zach Bogosian on Feb. 11, 2015.
He hasn't played since Nov. 11.
"Not having Tyler has had a major impact," Maurice said. "There are still 16 games we had without [Jacob Trouba]. From the time he has been here, Tyler has had a big impact on our game. This has pushed [Dustin] Byfuglien's minutes to a point that I don't think it's helped him. There is positive; Trouba picked up a lot more minutes maybe in that role, but we've missed [Myers] greatly."