Left out for too long. 9 important KHL players who have already suffered serious injuries
Rodion Vlasov September 14, 2023, 08:45 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
The regular season is just beginning, but many teams are already losing their leaders.
The KHL regular season has just started and teams, unfortunately for them, have already started losing iconic hockey players. Some believe that a long regular season inevitably leads to this and call for the league’s schedule to be shortened, but this cannot always be blamed on playing load. Let’s remember who suffered quite serious injuries after the start of the new championship.
Vitaly Kravtsov (“Tractor”)
Vitaly’s injury history at Rangers was reminiscent of an unfunny joke. It seemed that the striker attracted injuries with some kind of magnet, and they were not always purely hockey; for example, Kravtsov once missed matches due to an upset stomach. He was often on the brink, but it didn’t always cause injuries; Unfortunately, Vitaly is unlucky here. There was also no luck in the timing with Maxim Berezin’s hit from Lada, which was clean, but caused an upper body injury. Kravtsov will be out for approximately one to a month and a half.
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Trevor Murphy (Sibir)
They say the Siberian Canadian has a quirky personality, but on the ice Murphy is the best shooting defenseman in the league and could play in the NHL with smarter play in his zone. Last year he was the most valuable player in Siberia’s scoring majority and, following the club’s summer transfers, he remains almost the only Siberian defenseman who can move the puck. After the clash with Anatoly Golyshev, the Canadian was out for six to eight weeks, and this fact further complicates the construction of offensive hockey in Novosibirsk, which is already stagnant.
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Alex Broadhurst (“Cupid”)
The Canadian center is one of the few big names to accept a good contract with the suddenly rich Amur. However, it is extremely difficult to call Broadhurst a “hackster”: already in Avangard he earned the reputation of being a hard-working and plowing center, and in the new place he became by default the center of the first link. Together with Alex, most of Amur looked very good at the beginning, but a push from Ivan Morozov in the match against Spartak took the Canadian out of the game. Today in Amur they promise to talk about the moment of the striker’s recovery. According to our information, it will be available in a month and a half.
Andrey Pedan (SKA)
Roman Rotenberg often talks about how dirty his opponents play against his team and how the dirt needs to be removed from hockey. However, it is difficult to say that SKA plays with good guys: last year, the great defenders of the St. Petersburg team spent a lot of power on the brink, which was often punished with fines. In the match against Spartak, Andrei Pedan, as seen in the video, was aiming for Ivan Morozov’s head, but the cross avoided the collision and the SKA defender flew into the fences. After this, Pedan may miss at least a month and a half, maximum three.
Sergei Shumakov (“Lada”)
The Chelyabinsk coach is one of several veterans who have joined the Lada squad, which has returned to the KHL. “It just needs a little reset. My soul was happy with how he worked in training and played in the preseason,” the club’s sports director Rafik Yakubov told the Championship. In the first games of the season, Shumakov was a frontline player, receiving a lot of time in the majority, but did not score any points. In the third period of the match against Amur, Sergei was injured; It was initially reported that the player would miss a week, but the club announced that he was on the injured list until October 9.
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Vyacheslav Voynov (“Ak Bars”)
The season of one of the most expensive defensemen in the KHL has so far lasted 3 minutes and 43 seconds; Already in the opening match, Voynov was injured after a strong blow from the Swede Klasson. The press service did not provide an exact time frame for the player’s recovery, but Business Online colleagues have his data. They report that Voynov has the club’s most serious injury, the defenseman has not trained on the ice for a long time. However, with the depth of Ak Bars’ squad, where even Damir Zhafyarov is the 13th striker, the club may not rush their star defender.
Sergei Goncharuk, Alexey Kruchinin, Dennis Yan (all – “Torpedo”)
Kovalenko – Kruchinin – Goncharuk is one of the best trios of last season, which rarely broke up in last year’s Torpedo. However, now the Nizhny Novgorod team is left without Kruchinin’s skills as a playmaker and Goncharuk’s potential as a sniper: both players will be out until approximately the end of September; The club does not reveal the specific nature of the injuries. Dennis Yan also retired during the same time, while the injured are suitably replaced by youngsters, and 17-year-old Nikita Artamonov already looks natural in the first link.