Winnipeg Jets: Zach Redmond Out Indefinitely After Undergoing Surgery

Eric McKelvieSenior Writer IFebruary 22, 2013

WINNIPEG, MB - FEBRUARY 7: Zach Redmond #25 of the Winnipeg Jets skates on the ice with the puck during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in NHL action on February 7, 2013 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
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Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Redmond is recovering after having surgery to repair a laceration to his right leg. 

Redmond sustained the injury at the Jets’ morning skate Thursday in Raleigh when a teammate accidentally stepped on him, making a deep cut in his thigh.

Redmond was taken to hospital via ambulance, where it took three hours of surgery to repair the laceration to his femoral artery and vein, according to Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press. 

This injury comes just over a week after Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson underwent surgery to repair a severed Achilles tendon, after he was cut by Matt Cooke’s skate.

Redmond, a 24-year-old rookie who has a goal and three assists in eight games this season, will be out indefinitely (per TSN). Redmond joins fellow blueliner Tobias Enstrom on the injured list. Enstrom is expected to be out for two weeks because of a shoulder injury. 

Jets head coach Claude Noel touched on how Redmond's injury would affect the team as they prepared to take on the Carolina Hurricanes later that night (via the Winnipeg Free Press).

It’s tough on your team. They will be rattled. It’s a teammate and there’s not much you can say. The guys are heading back (to the hotel). It throws a wrench into your pre-game (routine) but we’ll get it solved by time we get back here and ready to go. 

The Jets managed to beat the Hurricanes 4-3 to secure their second consecutive road win. Blake Wheeler had two goals including the game winner, while captain Andrew Ladd provided a goal and two assists. 

The Jets now have three games remaining on a five-game road trip, which is their longest of the season. They will visit the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday afternoon, take on the New Jersey Devils Sunday and head to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Rangers Tuesday.