It could be a short amount of time, but there seems to be some uncertainty about the situation, with the team saying that they’re hopeful the injury won’t require surgery.
Colborne broke his thumb in a preseason game after taking a slap shot from Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd off his hand in the second period of Thursday’s game.
Joe Colborne says he and the team are hopeful that he will be able to avoid surgery on his thumb.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) October 2, 2015
Last season the 6-foot-5 forward hit a career-high 28 points for the second straight year, scoring at a better rate than the year before, putting up eight goals and 20 assists through 64 games. It took him 80 games to hit 28 points the prior year.
Colborne will join fell Flames T.J. Brodie and Ladislav Smid, who are also currently on the sidelines with injuries.
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