The Winnipeg Jets will have to do without defenceman Paul Postma for the foreseeable future.
A blood clot was discovered in Postma’s leg, and he will be out indefinitely. The 24-year-old from Red Deer, Alta., has played in eight games with the Jets this season, though he hasn’t registered a point while tallying six penalty minutes.
Postma became a regular on the Jets blueline last season, scoring four goals and adding five assists in 34 games. He also played in 27 games with the St. John’s Ice Caps, scoring seven goals and adding 11 assists.
Postma said he’s experienced pain in his leg for a few days, and it got to the point where he couldn’t play on Sunday against the Colorado Avalanche. Following a consultation with team trainers, Postma went to a doctor, who made the diagnosis.
According to TSN 1290 radio personality Rick Ralph, Postma will be out for months instead of weeks, and he won’t be able to take physical contact during his recovery because he’ll be on blood thinners in an effort to dissolve the clot.
Postma joins Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun as players whose seasons have been interrupted by blood clots.
Postma is fortunate that the clot wasn’t further along in its development, and that it wasn’t in an area close to his brain or his heart where a more fatal clot could have developed.
In a high altitude environment like Denver, blood clots are more likely because there is less oxygen in the air, and the body responds by creating more platelets in the blood stream, increasing the likelihood of a clot. But don’t take my word for it, because you can find more information here.
A blood clot is a scary thing, no matter where it develops in the body, and it’s something nobody wants to experience. Here’s to a full recovery for Paul Postma so he can continue his NHL career and be better than ever.