The Florida Panthers could be without Ed Jovanovski for two months after the veteran defenseman underwent surgery to fix a broken hand.
Jovanovski injured his hand in a first-period fight against the Boston Bruins on Monday.
Before playing the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said he was ''really impressed'' with the 35-year-old Jovanovski's play this season. He has two goals and six assists in 43 games.
Jovanovski, in his second stint with the Panthers, was Florida's first-round pick in 1994. He played 3 1/2 seasons before being dealt to Vancouver, and spent five seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Panthers also pulled off a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday.
Florida sent forwards Evgenii Dadonov and A.J. Jenks to Carolina for forwards Jon Matsumoto and Mattias Lindstrom.
The 22-year-old Dadonov has spent most of this season with the Panthers' AHL affiliate in San Antonio, but has two goals and one assist in 15 games with Florida. T...