Sunday, September 24, 2006

Sergei Fedorov

Sergei Fedorov will be out four to six weeks after injuring his left shoulder in an exhibition game, officials of the National Hockey League team said Wednesday.
The 16-year NHL veteran, who spent most of his career with the Detroit Red Wings, was injured in the second period of Columbus' 4-1 victory over Buffalo on Tuesday night.
Fedorov was skating toward the right side of the net when Sabres rookie forward Jiri Novotny came from behind and kicked out Fedorov's left leg. Fedorov was upended and slid into the boards.
Blue Jackets coach Gerard Gallant said after the game that it was a clean play. Columbus general manager and president Doug MacLean said he hoped Fedorov would be back early in the season. The Blue Jackets open the season Oct. 6 at home against the Vancouver Canucks.
``Sergei has worked extremely hard to get ready for the season so we're obviously disappointed for him,'' MacLean said.Hopefully this will not be the start of a bunch of injuries like last season.

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