The Nashville Predators have placed defenseman P.K. Subban on Injured Reserve with an upper-body injury, and his status will be re-evaluated in approximately two to three weeks.
Subban last played on Dec. 15 and has been out of the lineup since with the ailment. In 29 games with the Predators this season, the blueliner has recorded seven goals and 17 points, including three tallies with the man advantage.
Following a practice at Ford Ice Center on Monday, Nashville General Manager David Poile provided a further update on the recovery process of Subban:
"First of all, I'd like to talk about P.K. and a medical report on him: Yesterday after meeting with our doctors, we did put him on the Injured Reserve list. We did announce that he will be out approximately two to three weeks. When you do that, just like when we said he was day-to-day, it's just a little bit of a guess in terms of where he's at. We thought that he would be back sooner, but sometimes this is what happens with injuries. Just to let you know, he's working out every day. Like today he's working out at Bridgestone Arena. He is working out. He has been on the ice, not a lot. And I think this timeframe is going to be a good one. I have my fingers crossed on that. That's where we are. I know there's been a lot of publicity about it, because of the stature of P.K. as a player. Whenever you miss a player of his abilities, it takes away from your lineup and everyone is very curious as to what is going on. Policy-wise we always announce upper- or lower-body injury, I know the fans, the media, aren't in love with that, but that's what we do and we're sticking with that. He is going to be coming back, and I have a good feeling it will be within that two to three week time period. So that's the medical report.
"I don't think we can put a finger on it [on when the injury occured]. I think to your point, it was more not feeling exactly right or 100 percent and just building up over time to get where we are today.
"P.K. is going to be back, in my mind, in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, if I get that date wrong, he's still coming back. It's not like he's not coming back."