Winnipeg Jets winger Marko Dano has suffered a broken wrist while playing with HK Dukla Trencin in Slovakia. After recently signing with Winnipeg, the Jets allowed the 26-year-old Austria product to continue his development overseas with the club he played his U-18 and U-20 hockey with. In mid-November, the 6-foot, 215-pound forward broke his wrist, which required immediate surgery as well as a follow-up procedure.
“I had a small fragment of a bone in my left wrist that pressed against the nervous system in my hand, and I am currently in home treatment,” Dano told Nový Čas, while also hinting at his return to the Jets. “I’m excited to continue my NHL career. I have worked in Winnipeg in the past, I know what awaits me in this organization, and I look forward to returning to this club when healthy.”
The Jets confirmed the injury to Dave Minuk of Illegal Curve, indicating that Dano had “suffered an upper body injury some weeks ago which required surgery and he is out indefinitely”.
“As both operations took place without any problems, the length of treatment should be around two months,” Dano added. “Until the stitches are removed, my wrist will be in this condition, then I should get a splint and gradually start rehabilitation.”
On November 5, the team announced that it had signed Dano, via a one-year, two-way contract, beginning for the 2020-21 NHL season. With the Jets, the 25-year-old would make $700K, while with the Moose, he would earn $150K.
Throughout the duration of his time with Chicago, Winnipeg, Colorado and Columbus, Dano has served as a mainstay within the American Hockey League. Suiting up for the Springfield Falcons, Rockford IceHogs, Cleveland Monsters and Manitoba Moose, the former 27th overall draft selection has 33 goals, 99 points and 243 penalty minutes in 186 games over six different seasons.
Once healed, he will look to provide depth for the Moose in Manitoba, while working his way to a call-up with the big club. Over the past four seasons in Winnipeg, Dano has been in the Jets’ lineup 21, 38, 23 and 0 times respectively. In those 82 games, he has 10 goals and 22 points.