Tyler Myers’ long-awaited return to Buffalo will have to wait even longer.
The former Sabres defenseman had knee surgery Thursday and will also need surgery on his hip, the Winnipeg Jets announced. Myers’ recovery is expected to take up to 20 weeks.
“He can’t have the knee surgery after the hip surgery because he needs his knee to rehab the hip, so the knee has to happen now,” Jets coach Paul Maurice told reporters in Winnipeg. “If we’d waited until the end of the season and did the knee, it would push the hip closer to May, which now gets into October, into the regular season, before he’s back on the ice playing.”
Myers has yet to play in First Niagara Center since being traded to the Jets as part of the Evander Kane deal in February 2015. Winnipeg visits the arena Saturday.
Maurice said Myers has been dealing with the hip injury for several years.
“It got on the radar over the course of the year that it might be a possibility,” the coach said. “It started to get worse. We knew it was going to happen over the last two months.”
Sabres coach Dan Bylsma provided updates on four injured players:
• Forward Tyler Ennis (concussion): “Skated today and worked out today, is doing better. ... Getting back with the team in practices is a possibility, hopefully sooner rather than later. He is moving in the right direction.”
• Goaltender Robin Lehner (ankle): “He continues to rest and rehab and work out off the ice. He’ll see the doctors Saturday at the game and have an evaluation.”
• Defenseman Cody Franson (concussion): “Still inactive, has not improved. He’s off the ice and not working out.”
• Goalie Jason Kasdorf (groin): “Will be stepping onto the ice tomorrow just with” goalie coach “Andrew Allen but has progressed in his lower-body injury and do some goalie drills, with hopefully a sign of him getting to a team practice later on in the week.”
After watching the Amerks score five goals during the third-period Wednesday, coach Randy Cunneyworth celebrated his 338th win - most in Rochester history. The 6-5 victory over St. John’s moved Cunneyworth ahead of John Van Boxmeer.
“Wanting the points for the playoff drive, that’s the only thing that matters at this point as far as I’m concerned,” Cunneyworth told Rochester reporters. “I’m very proud to have this many wins and to have worked with the guys that I’ve worked with.”
Newcomers Hudson Fasching and Casey Nelson arrived at their stalls and saw numbers on their helmets. Nelson will wear No. 34. Fasching is No. 52.
“It looks like it,” Fasching said. “I came in here and it was 52, and I’m not asking any questions about it.”