CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. Injuries continue to take their toll on the Florida Panthers.
Two days after Ed Jovanovski returned from a 21-game absence, coach Kevin Dineen announced Monday the Panthers captain is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
Jovanovski will remain in Florida during the team's eight-day, five-game road trip. Dineen indicated he will offer more clarity on the situation "after we give him a chance to get healthy, which is eight days, but it will be a longer stretch than that."
Jovanovski skated in Florida's 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday. He played just under 11 minutes during the first two periods, but was not on the bench for the third.
Not until March 9 did Jovanovski reveal to the media the injury plaguing him was an ailment he entered the season with. The 36-year-old disputed previous reports suggesting it was a knee injury suffered during Florida's Jan. 31 contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning.