The Winnipeg Jets will be without the services of forward Jim Slater for at least a week, according to head coach Claude Noel.
Slater, 30, was apparently hurt during Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Toronto (TSN’s Bob McKenzie says it’s possibly a broken hand.)
He only took five shifts in the third period for 2:24 of ice time and didn’t play the final 9:46 of regulation.
The veteran center hasn’t been producing much this year after scoring a career-high 13 goals in 2011-12. Slater has just 1G-1A-2PTS in 26 games while averaging a shade over 10 minutes per game.
He is, however, arguably the team’s best faceoff man and gets more penalty-killing time than any other Jets forward.
To replace Slater, the Jets have recalled center Patrice Cormier from AHL St. John’s.
Cormier has 30 games of NHL experience with the Thrashers/Jets and was a former second-round pick of New Jersey’s at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.