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Prognosis shocks Postma

Blood clot in leg means D-man out indefinitely

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ST. LOUIS -- The pain, both physical and emotional, was written all over Paul Postma's face.

And it could be visible for awhile.

The Winnipeg Jets' defenceman is out indefinitely after doctors discovered a blood clot in his leg on Sunday. He is still with the Jets, now in St. Louis for today's matchup with the Blues after Sunday's loss to the Colorado Avalanche, but is on blood thinners and has had his season halted.

The doctors told him he could be out for a few months.

"That's hard to hear," said Postma Monday, not long after watching his teammates practice. "I've never been out with an injury that long, not even close to that. It's going to be tough for me, but I'll try to stay positive and get through it.

"With any other injury they can give you a specific timeline, even if you break a bone or something they'll give you how many weeks. They say everyone reacts differently to clots and basically it's however long it takes to dissolve, and that could be any given time.

"I don't know that much about blood clots, you don't really hear about them too often. When he told me the timeline they were thinking of, it really startled me. I was in shock. I still can't even really believe it happened. I guess I'll just take it day by day."

Postma, 24, served up a solid effort in Saturday's win over the Dallas Stars, with just over 15 minutes of work. But he had been experiencing pain in his leg and when the team flew to Denver Saturday night, it became worse.

"I had an awkward pain in my calf and it didn't feel right," he said. "(I) didn't know why it was hurting so much and so I talked to our trainers about it, went and got it checked out, and it turned out to be a blood clot. They said I've had it for a little while now and it's moved up my leg a little bit. They don't know when it happened and don't know exactly how I got it either."

Postma has appeared in eight games this year and, while he had been pointless, was seeing improvement in his game. But now his season -- and his spot in the Jets' lineup -- is in jeopardy because of his extended absence. Doctors have told him to limit his physical activity and contact until the blood clot disappears.

"I'm in limbo right now," said Postma. "We'll just wait and see what happens."

Postma's injury, coupled with the "maintenance days" given to Toby Enstrom and Mark Stuart and Zach Bogosian's limited minutes on the ice before his exit, left the Jets with just three defenceman at Monday's practice: Dustin Byfuglien, Grant Clitsome and Adam Pardy. During one stretch, winger Anthony Peluso was back on defence

Jets coach Claude Noel said Bogosian, Enstrom and Stuart should all be good to go tonight against the Blues.

Ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @WFPEdTait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 29, 2013 C2

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