Jiri Tlusty underwent wrist surgery on Friday to repair a torn ligament in his wrist, anounced Ray Shero in a press release on Saturday. He is expected to miss the next 3-4 months, effectively ending his season unless the New Jersey Devils make a long run in the playoffs.
The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert Hotchkiss of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
Tlusty, a 27-year-old winger was signed this summer to a one year, $800,000 contract. He has just four points in 30 games for the Devils, and has been on IR since January 10.
The Czech born player was drafted 13th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2006 entry draft. He put up his best season with the Carolina Hurricanes during the lockout shortened year, tallying 38 points in 48 games for a 0.79 point per game average. Last season he was traded by the Hurricanes to the Winnipeg Jets right before the trade deadline, before becoming an unrestricted free agent in the 2015 offseason.
The New Jersey Devils are on the road tonight against Tlusty’s old club, the Jets. A win would propel them into a wild card spot, as they are currently tied in points with both the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins, though the other two clubs have the advantage in the tie breakers.