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Anton Volchenkov Breaks Ankle in KHL Game

October 22nd, 2012 at 2:51 PM
By Philip Coffey

Still no NHL games on the horizon for 2012-13, but the New Jersey Devils continue to get bad news on the injury front with word from Russia that defenseman Anton Volchenkov suffered a broken ankle while playing for Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in the Kontinental Hockey League.

Word from Tom Gulitti at the Bergen Record is Volchenkov will be out for a month to six weeks, so any quick resolution to the NHL owners' lockout will not see Volchenkov playing for the Devils. Because of the lockout, NHL teams are not supposed to have contact with players, so who supervises the defenseman's recovery is unclear. Gulitti reported that Devils GM Lou Lamoriello heard about the injury from Volchenkov's agent.

Volchenkov played in 72 games for New Jersey and always has been beset by injuries. He appeared in just 57 games during his first season in New Jersey on 2010-11.

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There was some good news for the Devils. Former Devil winger Sergei Brylin appears ready to join the organization according to Guitti. Brylin, one of the most versatile players in Devils history, has been helping out during summer prospect camps the last couple years, but returned to Russia to play in the KHL during the season. That appears to have changed.

Brylin was at the Albany Devils AHL training camp that was held at Prudential Center and has been in Albany helping out the team as well.

Tags: Hockey, New Jersey, New Jersey Devils, NHL

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