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21 октября 1997 года. 
The knee's okay, but Brylin can't get foot in door

By Rich Chere STAFF WRITER Sparkplug center Sergei Brylin may be back from ligament damage in his right knee faster than expected, but there is no assurance there will be an opening in the Devils' lineup when he is healthy enough to play. 

Brylin suffered his injury on Sept. 19 in a preseason game against the Flyers in Philadelphia and chose physical rehab over surgery. He skated for the fourth time yesterday in South Mountain Arena just before the team's practice session. 

"No pain. I've skated for four days and I feel all right," Brylin said. "I'm pretty surprised there is no pain, but I have a lot of work to do. I don't want to look ahead. I'm not trying to push myself too hard. I'm taking small steps, just trying to get there." 

Team orthopedist Dr. Barry Fisher is credited with the decision to bypass surgery on Brylin's knee. Fisher, the doctor who saved John MacLean's career with major ligament reconstruction in 1991, operates as a last resort. He convinced Ken Daneyko to undergo rehab instead of surgery on his knee before the 1995 playoffs and it proved to be the right decision. 

An often-overlooked piece of the Devils' Stanley Cup championship puzzle in 1995, Brylin can play the wing and center. However, he has had trouble squeezing into the lineup as a regular. 

Last season Brylin played 43 games in Albany of the AHL -- and 29 with the Devils -- and his situation this season was questionable even before his injury because of the strong training camp by Petr Sykora. Even with right winger Bill Guerin still unsigned, there does not appear to be a spot for Brylin when he is 100 percent. 

"Maybe there isn't a spot right now, but maybe in the long run if we get injuries," coach Jacques Lemaire said. 

Lemaire, of course, preferred to avoid discussing a potential roster problem. But he is also fearful of injuries once the Devils begin playing regularly without long layoffs between games. 

Doug Gilmour, Dave Andreychuk and Steve Thomas sat out yesterday's practice with aches and pains. Gilmour had back spasms, Thomas was bothered by a pulled stomach muscle, and the inside of Andreychuk's foot was swollen after he blocked a shot during Saturday night's 5-0 victory over Tampa Bay. 

"Andy is having tough luck," Lemaire said. "The guy had a good scoring chance and he took the shot on the inside of his foot. You take a shot like that, it's only bad luck." 

Fortunately, it is not the ankle that sidelined Andreychuk for most of the playoffs last spring. 

"The foot's a little swollen," Andreychuk said. "But we have a lot of days off." 

The Devils, who play only two games in 11 days, do not play again until Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens. 

By that time, Brylin will be a bit closer to returning. 

"You get a kid like that coming back and you know what he can do," Lemaire said. "We're going to pay for our days off now later in the season. Hopefully we won't lose a lot of guys with injuries, but we'll be playing a lot of games in a short time. So maybe there will be a spot." 

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Материалы прессы:

28 сентября. Brylin's value never grows old - Star-Ledger 

9 сентября. Devs may opt to let Brylin go - New York Post

19 июля. Сергей Брылин: "И кто же вам сказал, что лок-аут завершен:" - Спорт-Экспресс

12 июля. Алексей Ковалев: Гуденау понимает, что он виноват. Интервью с А.Ковалевым и С.Брылиным - Советский Спорт

1 марта. Сергей Брылин: "На чемпионат мира поеду с удовольствием" - Спорт-Экспресс

16 февраля. Форвард «Химика» Сергей Брылин: Мы проиграли эту войну! - Советский Спорт

11 декабря. Сергей Брылин: "Итогами встречи шокирован, пора звонить в профсоюз!" // "Спорт-Экспресс"

27 ноября. Интервью с Сергеем Брылиным // www.khimik.ru

24 ноября. 15 вопросов на грани фола Сергею Брылину // "Спорт-Экспресс"

22 ноября. Нападающий «Химика» Сергей Брылин: В России играют не грязнее, чем в НХЛ // "Советский Спорт"

5 ноября. Брылин - в "Химике". 


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