Jovanovski (hip) has been medically cleared to play on Saturday.
For the past five months the Panthers veteran defenseman has patiently participated in practices and morning skates in a courageous effort to continue his 17-year NHL career following major hip surgery last April. Jovanovski underwent hip resurfacing, which is an alternative to a complete hip replacement, and less invasive because most of the femur bone is left intact. It's believed that no athlete from any of the four major professional sports has ever come back successfully after this relatively new procedure. With Jovanovski set to be activated the Panthers will have to make a roster move.
Jovanovski will undergo season-ending hip surgery on April 5th.
it's been a tough season for the Panthers as Jovanovski is the fourth player to have season ending surgery. That list includes Sean Bergenheim who has missed all season with a lower body injury, Stephen Weiss (wrist surgery, missed last 13 games) and Kris Versteeg (knee surgery, missed last eight games)
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 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. Jovanovski will remain in Florida during the team's eight-day, five-game road trip.
Jovanovski hasn't played since January 29th because of a knee injury, but he will return to the lineup tonight vs. the Islanders. Jovo is not the same player he was before, he likely will not be fantasy relevant.
Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today D Ed Jovanovski will undergo hand surgery on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Ouelette and a full recovery is expected.
Jovo Cop was in a fight with Daniel Paille and hurt his hand then. The veteran defender has two goals and eight points in 43 games. Expect Keaton Ellerby to draw in for him.