Dustin Byfuglien looks like he’s inching closer to a return, but it won’t come tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Byfuglien, who missed the past three games with a lower-body injury, joined Winnipeg Jets strength and conditioning coach Lee Stubbs for a twirl prior to the morning skate on Thursday.
In a limited viewing, Byfuglien didn’t seem to be showing too much discomfort with his skating, but it was his first time back on the ice since suffering the injury so he might not be ready to return until next week.
“You know what, I think Buff is OK,” said Jets head coach Claude Noel. “I haven’t discussed the Buff situation with our medical staff yet. We’re just taking him one day at a time.”
Forward Antti Miettinen, who is on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, was also on the ice for some work with Stubbs but is out indefinitely.
Meanwhile, defenceman Zach Bogosian joined the Jets for the morning skate but is still “a ways away from a return.”
“We want to get him back acclimated with the team,” said Noel, , who noted Bogosian would travel with the team to Ottawa this weekend. “ “He needs to get practising with us. There’s really no target date for him. We’ll evaluate that as we go along through the practices and see how he feels.”
Bogosian is progressing but he’s not ready to put a timeline on his return either.
“It felt good to be out there with the guys, the last team practice I had was last April,” said Bogosian, who has been out with a wrist injury. “I’m pretty well into most of the things going on. Now it’s just a matter of time for the timing and stuff. There’s no set date right now. It’s going to take a little while. This is one step in the process. I’m just trying to stay focused on getting back.”
Dustin Byfuglien won’t be back for Jets’ tilt against Leafs
Winnipeg Sun | Feb 7