Jets' Postma could be out months with blood clot

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Paul Postma carries the puck with Andrei Loktionov of the New Jersey...

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Paul Postma carries the puck with Andrei Loktionov of the New Jersey Devils in hot pursuit during NHL action at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Man. on Sun., Oct. 13, 2013. Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun/QMI Agency

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:46 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Jets defenceman Paul Postma was feeling an awkward pain in his calf for a couple of days and it got worse when the team flew from Dallas to Denver on Saturday night.

“I thought it would go away but the next morning it was pretty painful,” Postma said Monday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, where the Jets will take on the Blues Tuesday night.

After trying to loosen it up by riding an exercise bike in Denver Sunday morning, he decided to get it looked at. He certainly didn’t expect to hear what the doctor told him.

“When he told me the timeline that they were thinking of, it really startled me,” Postma said. “I was in shock. I still can’t believe it happened.”

Postma was diagnosed with a blood clot in his leg. Doctors think it had been there for “a while” and had moved up his leg, which is a potentially dangerous situation. Postma is now on blood thinners to dissolve the clot and will be out of the Jets lineup for at least a few months.


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