Apr 1, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Andrei Loktionov (8) chases the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland (5) defends during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Carolina Hurricanes won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Andrei Loktionov Suffers Serious Shoulder Injury In IIHF World Championships

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Per Reports, Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Loktionov suffered a serious shoulder injury in the first shift of the IIHF World Championships in team Russia’s game against Switzerland.

Slava Malamud broke the story Friday morning and confirmed that it was a shoulder injury.

#Canes Loktionov sustained an injury on his first World Championship shift, left holding his shoulder. Taken to the hospital for examination

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Andrei Loktionov is a restricted free agent this summer for the Carolina Hurricanes. I said yesterday that he was risking injury by playing in the tournament, and that is what happened to Andrei Loktionov.

The severity of the injury has not been announced, it was just reported by Slava Malamud that the Russian team said it was serious. He was sent straight to the hospital after the injury, so that is likely not a positive sign.

Eric Staal seriously injured his knee in the 2013 IIHF World Championships. He was out several months with the injury. That injury negatively affected him during the 2013-2014 season.

If the injury is, in fact, serious, at least the Carolina Hurricanes will not be forced to bring him back next season. Andrei Loktionov did play very well in the final 14 or 15 games of the season, so the Carolina Hurricanes could be losing a very solid player, if the injury is serious.

Hopefully the injury doesn’t negatively influence his future, but we will see. The 23-year-old has a lot of hockey ahead of him.

 

UPDATE 

  • (May 9, 2014) Andrei Loktionov will not play for the remainder of the IIHF World Championships which ends on May 25.

 

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