#NHLJets Paul Maurice: Grant Clitsome had back surgery this morning in LA and will be out indefinitely. Could be gone for season #bn— Ed Tait (@WFPEdTait) January 8, 2015
Well this is concerning. For the second time in two seasons, Grant Clitsome has undergone back surgery. Last year his season was deemed over as soon as the surgery happened; it is unknown at this time if Clitsome is done for the season. Although Grant Clitsome has not been an everyday defenceman for the Jets this year, he is a better defenceman than Adam Pardy and his loss will be felt. In the long term, one has to wonder how bad Clitsome's back is to need two back surgeries in two years. He has one more year on his contract after this one. Hopefully this back surgery fixes whatever has been ailing him.
The Winnipeg Jets can place Clitsome on Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR), allowing the Winnipeg Jets to fill his roster spot with a similarly compensated player for the time Clitsome is out. This would be a pro-rated amount. If Clitsome indeed misses the rest of the season, this would allow the Jets to replace Clitsome without having more money go against the cap (but more money would be used from the budget unless Clitsome's contract is insured and the insurance company is paying most of his contract).