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Florida Panthers Jack Skille Could be Lost for Season ... Kris Versteeg, Dmitry Kulikov Close to Return

SkilleleafsBY GEORGE RICHARDS Twitter: @OnFrozenPond

Winger Jack Skille injured his shoulder after colliding with Bergenheim during Florida's shootout loss at Pittsburgh last week and could be lost for the rest of the season.

General manager Dale Tallon said he didn't know the extent of the injury because he hadn't spoken with head athletic trainer Dave Zenobi.

If Skille needs surgery on the shoulder, he would have to rehab through a good part of the season but should be OK by training camp. If Skille doesn't need surgery, the rehab alone would likely take long enough that he would miss the remainder of the season.

Assistant GM Mike Santos said Skille's newest injury is separate from his previous shoulder injury.

Skille missed 20 of 22 games from Dec. 17-Feb. 11 after getting hurt after missing a check against Calgary on Dec. 16. Skille missed that check and went elbow-first into the glass at full speed. He came back for two games in Colorado and Chicago before missing seven more.

“I know it's going to be a while, a pretty good chance it's long-term,'' Dineen said on Tuesday morning. “Him being out for the rest of the year hasn't been told to me. But I would not expect to see him for quite a while. .-.-. He has to get himself healthy and that may take a few months.''

() Kris Versteeg (hip) and Dmitry Kulikov (knee) skated again on Tuesday before Florida's morning skate and Dineen said both could return to the Panthers before this four-game homestand ends Saturday against the Sabres.