WINNIPEG – Another member of the Winnipeg Jets will be sidelined long term.
Defenceman Ben Chiarot will be out until early April after he suffered a left hand injury in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs (24-31-5). Chiarot had surgery Sunday and has been placed on the team’s injured reserve. He was seen watching Monday’s practice with a cast and sling.
To make matters worse, forward Blake Wheeler also missed Monday’s skate. His status for Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Stars (27-24-9) is still up in the air, head coach Paul Maurice said. It’s not known what Wheeler hurt nor how badly injured he is.
Despite Chiarot’s injury, Dustin Byfuglien will remain a forward for now. He could move back to defence if Wheeler is able to play Tuesday night.
The Jets (30-20-11) continue to hold onto the top wildcard spot in the Western Conference even though they’ve lost two straight games.