FORT WAYNE – Komets general manager David Franke wants to make it clear that the foot injury Komets captain Colin Chaulk has doesnt appear to be the same thing that cost him 35 games – and almost his career – in 2008-09.
But the center is expected to be sidelined for about three weeks after having surgery Tuesday to remove an abscess on his right foot, Chaulk said.
There is no evidence of MRSA (staph infection) at this time, Franke said. They are doing a culture. But at this time they do not think it is MRSA related.
Chaulk said he feels surprisingly good and is hopeful its not MRSA.
We dont entirely know what this is, said Chaulk, who has previously dealt with a staph infection in his left foot.
Im taking antibiotics to make sure its wiped out. Given my history, they want to kill whatever is going on and once they get back the culture, theyll have a better idea of what were dealing with.
Chaulk, the Komets captain, has missed six straight games with a shoulder injury and is now dealing with the foot injury.
Chaulk, who has two goals and 17 points in 19 games, will not be on the bench as an assistant coach for the rest of the week because doctors want him to keep his foot elevated.
They just basically made an incision today and removed the abscess, Chaulk said. And they shaved down a callous or bone spur, and they say it should be about three weeks of recovery. ... Im feeling OK. And my shoulder was close to about 100 percent before this happened.
Chaulk is a five-time team MVP, who has led Fort Wayne to five championships since 2003.
The Komets did have some good news Tuesday. Eric Giosa, who has missed 21 straight games with an ankle injury, is expected to play Wednesday against the Cincinnati Cyclones.
But Matt Kennedy, who had missed 15 games with a leg injury before returning for Sundays 2-1 overtime victory over Kalamazoo, is out with a groin injury, Franke said.
Notes: Komet Kare Package continues tonight and Saturday at the Coliseum. Fans are asked to bring donations for overseas military personnel. A full list of items is at www.komets.com and includes things like deodorant, snack bars, jerky and black, knit sock hats. Ryan Lasch, who had four goals and nine points in four games last week, was selected as the ECHLs Player of the Week.