Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice announced today that there’s still no guarantee that injured defenceman Tyler Myers will return to the Jets lineup before the end of the regular season.
Myers and the team’s medical staff feel that he’s close to being back to full health, but are wary of risking further injury by pushing him back into the lineup before he’s 100%. “He’s not going in at 90%. We’d like him to get in a game but there’s no point in risking the injury problem further,” said Maurice.
When asked about his health, Myers said “I’ve felt pretty good, I’m trying to work as hard as I can to get back into one or two games here at the end. At this point it’s pretty well healed, but there are some things like scar tissue that I have to work through…but hopefully it gets to a point in the next week where I’m able to step in.”
The Jets, who will miss the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons since moving to Winnipeg, have dearly missed Myers in their back end this season. Given his importance to the team moving forward, it’s no surprise that they’re not taking any risks of further injury by rushing him back into play.