The Winnipeg Jets might want to start looking for help on the back-end after one of their top defensemen in Zach Bogosian underwent wrist surgery Friday. According to reports, the 22-year old will be out the next 4-6 months after undergoing the surgery.
“After speaking with Dr. Thomas Graham this morning, surgery on the chronic ligament tear in the right wrist of Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian was successful. The prognosis for a return to hockey from this type of surgery is typically between four and six months," Jet's head physician Dr. Peter MacDonald said in a statement. - Per TSN.
The 3rd overall pick of the 2008 NHL Draft was experiencing discomfort in his wrist during off-season training and was eventually diagnosed with a chronic ligament tear in his right wrist.
General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff had this to say regarding the surgery:
"We are pleased the procedure on Zach’s right wrist was successful this morning. This wrist has been an issue which has troubled him for the past couple of seasons dating back to his time in Atlanta and forced him to miss games with the Jets last season. After resuming his on-ice training earlier this month, the wrist problem flared up again to the point surgery was deemed the best option by both Dr. MacDonald and Dr. Graham.
"While we are disappointed Zach will be out for an extended period of time, we look forward to getting him to Winnipeg to begin his rehab with our training staff and getting him back on the ice as soon as possible."
The Massena, NY native collected 30 points this past season, scoring 5 goals and adding 25 assists in 65 games. In 264 career NHL games, Bogosian has tallied 29 goals and 60 assists for 89 points. He is a career -37 thus far and has received 208 penalty minutes throughout his young career.
If the Jets choose to not make any moves to upgrade their defense prior to the season (if there is one that is), they will be heading in with the following defenseman: Dustin Byfuglien, Ron Hainsey, Tobias Enstrom, Mark Stuart, Grant Clitsome and Paul Postma.
With $18,781,042 in cap space remaining, the Jets have more than enough to spend on another defenseman. Although the new CBA will/should see a much lower Salary Cap ceiling and the fact they still have Evander Kane (currently an RFA) to resign, Winnipeg still has enough to go after a UFA.
Possible targets for the Jets could include Carlo Colaiacovo, Cam Barker and Chris Campoli who are all unrestricted free-agents looking for new contracts.
If the 2012-13 season does indeed start on time, the Jets will open the season at home on October 13th against the Carolina Hurricanes.
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