CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. - Kyle Wellwood's memorable season with the Winnipeg Jets will end with him on the shelf.
Wellwood suffered a broken left foot in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning and will obviously miss the last three games.
The 28-year-old set a career high this season with 47 points and tied another with 18 goals.
Wellwood's broken bone was the second in 24 hours for the Jets, who also lost left-winger Tanner Glass to a broken foot during their 4-3 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
"I was just in front of the net, trying to create a screen, and (Grant) Clitsome's shot just caught me in the foot," Wellwood said Monday, wearing a black walking boot on his afflicted foot. "He's responsible for the injury, but he's been kind about it. He's apologized many times. He feels bad."
Just like Glass, Wellwood remained in Friday's game despite dealing with the pain. He even scored his goal, which tied the game late in the third, after suffering the injury. He figured his season was over with the amount of pain he was in, so he believes he subconsciously really wanted that 18th goal.
"Maybe in the back of my mind I was thinking I better get something done here," Wellwood said with a chuckle.
He has a small crack in the outside bone on the left side of his left foot. That will keep him in the walking boot for three weeks, and he said he can't start "jumping around on it" for another six weeks. That shouldn't affect his off-season training.
The Windsor, Ont., native will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, so his productive season could not have come at a better time. He stopped short of calling it a career year, however.
"I'd call it a very good year," Wellwood said. "The career points is something I wanted to get, which is nice, but you want to be in the playoffs to make it more of a career year."
The Jets signed Wellwood for $700,000 in mid-September, so he's in line for a raise if Winnipeg is going to bring him back. Wellwood has said he wants to be back with the Jets.