Status of Jets blue-liner Tyler Myers remains a mysteryApril 16, 2018
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Winnipeg Jets won’t make a decision on defenceman Tyler Myers’ availability for Tuesday’s playoff game until just before the start of Game 4.
That wasn’t the official word from Jets head coach Paul Maurice, who was coy with reporters today when the subject immediately came up to begin his press conference after the team’s afternoon optional skate at Xcel Energy Center.
But the club has made it a habit of using ‘game-time decision’ when commenting on the status of its injured players.
Myers, who looked like he suffered some kind of a leg injury late in Winnipeg’s battle with the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, did not skate today. The Wild defeated the Jets 6-2 but still trails the best-of-seven opening-round series 2-1.
Marcus Foligno tumbled into Myers near the Winnipeg blue line late in the second period. Replays seemed to show the Wild winger’s glove jabbing into the back of Myers’ knee as he was falling.
Myers slumped to the ice and was helped to the bench. He made his way to the dressing room and did not return, and was seen walking with a hint of a limp after the contest.
No penalty was called and the NHL’s department of player safety is not reviewing the incident.
Speaking after the Wild’s skate today, Foligno said the play was basically a ‘freak accident’ and he meant Myers no harm.
“I’m going down for a blocked shot and I think he’s going by me and he pulls up at the last second, I stumble and, I mean, I guess I catch him on the way down. No intent there. Hopefully, he’s OK,” said Foligno.
“No, honestly I did not punch his knee. I’ve looked at it 100 times, too, and my stick’s in my hand and I think I’m trying to grab whatever I can before going down. No, there was no punching motion. I’m sure a lot of Winnipeg fans are saying that but no I’m not trying to hurt someone out there, especially a good friend like Myers.”
The two players were both with the Buffalo Sabres for parts of four seasons before Myers was dealt to Winnipeg in 2015.
“We’re not friends over the playoffs but we are friends off the ice and it’s something I wouldn’t do to a friend, so it’s all good,” Foligno said.
Asked to comment on the department’s decision not to consider supplemental discipline, Maurice said: “You know what, there are very clear guidelines as to my opinions, so I would disagree with the decision.”