Bouwmeester could miss up to six weeks

Updated: January 18, 2004, 8:24 PM ET
Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester could miss up to six weeks because of a broken left foot.

Bouwmeester, who has two goals and 14 assists this season, injured his foot last Sunday at Vancouver. He had X-rays the following day, but results were negative and he was cleared to play.

He continued to have discomfort in the next two games, and more tests after Saturday night's game against Tampa Bay revealed the fracture.

Bouwmeester's injury follows the loss of rookie center Nathan Horton, who will miss the rest of the season because of a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

The Florida Panthers signed free agent forward Donald Audette on Friday to help replace Horton, whose 10 goals were third best on the team.

On Sunday, the Panthers recalled defenseman Lukas Krajicek from San Antonio of the American Hockey League to replace Bouwmeester.

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