Jones out indefinitely with fractured ankle
CALGARY, AB -- The scowl on Blair Jones face as he made his way into the locker room to address the media on Saturday said it all.
The gritty forward suffered a fractured ankle on Thursday after dropping to block a shot from Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan and is out indefinitely.
"It’s very frustrating. You almost feel helpless," he said with a shake of his head. "I don't really know how long it's going to take."
Immediately after taking the shot off his ankle, Jones looked to be rendered immobile as he couldn't put any pressure on his left foot. He knew immediately there was something wrong.
"Sometimes when you block them, it stings and you kind of limp around but then the feeling comes back. You can manage to move around. But I couldn't. I was leaning on my stick to try to stand up. I had no feeling in it so I knew it was pretty bad."
Jones has been playing some of his best hockey as of late and has earned praise from both his coach and teammates recently. Having to watch from the pressbox as his team battles for a spot in the postseason picture is not something he is looking forward to.
"It's an exciting time to play. Pushing hard to get in the playoffs here ... it's part of the game I guess."
Lower body injuries have plagued the Flames this season, particularly when it comes to ankle maladies. The sick bay now has four players injuries suffering from ankle injuries - Lee Stempniak, Derek Smith and David Moss.
"It's something else. I've never seen anything like it. A lot of guys walking around in boots. It's been a tough break around here as far as that goes."
Jones has suited up for 13 games with the Flames this season, amassing three points (one goal, two assists) and plus-one rating. He was acquired by the Flames in a trade that saw defenceman Brendan Mikkelson head to the Sunshine State in exchange for the centerman.