As Jets close in on opening-day roster, Stapleton injured

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:51 AM ET

WINNIPEG - If it wasn’t for bad luck, it seems Tim Stapleton would have no luck at all.

After clearing waivers on Monday, Stapleton was back on the ice with the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday but midway through practice, he took a redirected shot to the face from defenceman Toby Enstrom that drew blood and required several stitches.

Jets head coach Claude Noel was unable to provide an update on the severity of Stapleton’s injury after the workout.

STILL WAITING: The Jets appear to be going down to the wire to name their opening-day roster.

The clock is ticking and the club must find a way to get down to a maximum of 23 players be Wednesday afternoon. As of Tuesday, the Jets still had 29 players in camp, though four players (Eric Fehr, Aaron Gagnon, Kenndal McArdle and Ben Maxwell) were injured, goalie David Aebischer is expected to be sent to the AHL and forward Troy Bodie remains in camp without a contract.

Since he’s already cleared waivers, it’s also possible Stapleton could be sent to St. John’s or loaned to another AHL club.

Based on that math and provided that the four injured players start on injured reserve, the Jets are set with two goalies, eight defence and should start with 13 forwards.

The big question left, it appears, is whether Stapelton is the 13th forward or if the Jets plan to sign Bodie and keep him instead.

A message left with Bodie’s agent, Kevin Epp, was not returned.

NO INTEREST IN AVERY: Noel wasn’t willing to go into detail, but he made it clear on Tuesday the Jets weren’t interested in claiming Sean Avery off waivers from the New York Rangers.

“I have no comment on Sean Avery,” said Noel. “That would get me in trouble and I’m not going there.”

WEISE CLAIMED: Speaking of the Rangers, Winnipegger Dale Weise was claimed by the Vancouver Canucks.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound right-winger played his first 10 NHL games last season with the Rangers, picking up no points and 19 penalty minutes.

JAFFRAY CHOSEN: Former Moose forward Jason Jaffray was named captain of the St. John’s IceCaps on Tuesday.

The alternates will be named at a later date, but expected to include former Moose Mark Flood and Marco Rosa.


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