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Florida’s Jovanovski breaks hand in fight, out two months

Jan 18, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon announced today that defenseman Ed Jovanovski will undergo surgery on a broken hand suffered in a fight with Boston’s Daniel Paille.

Jovanovski’s expected to miss two months with the injury; here’s the fight in which he mangled his metacarpus:

According to the Boston Herald, Paille took exception to being clipped by Jovanovski’s elbow (Paille already missed time this year with a concussion) and threw down despite giving up roughly three inches and 20 pounds to the veteran Florida rearguard.

That said, Paille ended up faring much better in the long run as Jovanovski will now miss extended time over his team’s most crucial stretch of the season.

Florida is just one point up on Washington for top spot in the Southeast Division, but just two clear of ninth-place Toronto (whichever team falls out of first in the SE lands in a dogfight for the playoffs.) Jovo was firmly entrenched as a 16-minutes-a-night guy in the Panther defense and with him gone, additional responsibility falls on the shoulders of youngsters Keaton Ellerby (23 years old) and Erik Gudbranson (20).

  1. bobwsc - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    way to man up Paille. Vancouver: take notice.

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Dan Paille, the guy who got suspended for a head shot last year (that even a teammate called dirty) and takes runs at guys on the end boards all the way from the blueline? Yeah, take notice.. this guy plays hockey the right way.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:04 PM

        They never learn, do they DBR?

      • bobwsc - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        they? I get it, so you’re the authority around here. good to know.

  2. scottfmullin - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Looked like an elbow from Jovo, but Paille’s hit didn’t look totally clean to me either. Paille tried to get his shoulder up high around Jovo’s head coming in, and Jovo elbowed him right in the chest.

    Jovo isn’t much of a fighter anymore, so I doubt he would scrap without him feeling cheated.

  3. elvispocomo - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    With Markstrom out for a month and now Jovo for two, it looks like Florida is going to have trouble keeping in the top 8 in the EAST. Once Washington passes them, they’ll drop to the bubble and likely fall a little further if they don’t do anything before the deadline.

    They have started to build a good team and I’m sure they’d love to see the first round of the playoffs as they build for next year as well, but it’ll be tough. Maybe they give Bryan McCabe a call to see what he’s up to right now?

    • scottfmullin - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Marktrom was called up only briefly from the AHL to fill in behind Clemmensen for depth chart purposes after Theodore went down; only on the NHL roster for a couple of days, didn’t add or detract to team at that point.

      Also, Jovanovski hasn’t been too incredible this year, but his leadership skills have been great. Even with a broken hand, he can still provide that locker room charisma.

      I don’t think Panthers will call McCabe. They have Keaton Ellerby ready to play, and he has been a healthy scratch for most of the year. I’d take him over an out-of-playing-shape McCabe any day.

  4. janetsmz - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Jovocop you are my hero!! Love you long time Jovo!!! Nicely done on the fight. Too bad you couldn’t break his neck or something. Any beating on the Bruins is a good beat. Bravo Jovo bravo!

    • back2backbees - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      Good thing Paille used his hard head to an advantage aganist his weak wristed opponent…

    • bobwsc - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      you’re wanted back at the shock therapy lab.

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