The Winnipeg Jets announced on Thursday that they have retroactively placed star forward Evander Kane on injured reserve with what is being calling a ‘deep hand cut’. It’s unclear exactly how the injury came about, but the Jets are not taking their chances and have sidelined Kane for the time begin.
It’s likely that Kane suffered the injury when he dropped the gloves with Eric Brewer during the Jets 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 7th, but exactly when it happened is not known.
Unlike in other sports, where a trip to the IR sidelines a player for a significant portion of a season by default, the NHL has the option in place so players can be placed aside to heal and a player from the AHL can be called up to take their place. That’s what the Jets are planning on doing as they have already called up Carl Klingberg, who has 11 goals in 33 games with the AHL St. John’s IceCaps this season.
Kane is likely going to return sometime soon but will miss the Jets next few games as he recovers from his hand injury.