Defenseman has sprained right shoulder

Updated: January 26, 2004, 5:29 PM ET
Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Vancouver defenseman Ed Jovanovski will be out at least two weeks after spraining his right shoulder Sunday night.

Ed Jovanovski
Jovanovski

Jovanovski will be tested again later this week, and be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

"There's not much I can do right now," Jovanovski said Monday. "Mobility, strength, there's not much there."

Jovanovski left Sunday's 4-1 victory over Nashville three minutes into the first period after sliding heavily into the end boards with Predators forward Martin Erat on his back.

"It's sore and it's unfortunate, but we'll see how it is after a couple of weeks and we'll go from there," Jovanovski said.

Jovanovski, who played in last year's All-Star Game and finished fifth in Norris Trophy voting as the league's top defenseman, has seven goals and 21 points this season.

Vancouver recalled defenseman Jaroslav Obsut from Manitoba of the AHL to fill Jovanovski spot on the roster.

Obsut was recalled twice already this season, but hasn't played. His last NHL game was two seasons ago with Colorado.


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