Alexei Emelin isn’t planning to change his physical style of play when he returns next season from reconstructive knee surgery.
“I don’t think it will be something I’ll change because what happened to me can happen to anyone,” Emelin, who had surgery in May to repair the ACL and MCL in his left knee and isn’t expected to return to action until November, told canadiens.com. “I will continue playing the same style. It was just bad luck. You can be walking down the street, trip, or run into another person by accident, and suffer a similar injury. It was a hockey play with a bad result.”
Emelin was injured during a collision with Boston’s Milan Lucic during a game at the Bell Centre on April 6.
“I don’t think I need to try to come back early because it’s a really tough injury,” Emelin told canadiens.com about the six-month recovery period. “I want to come back when I’m completely ready so I can come back sharp. I don’t want to force myself to come back until I’m fully healthy.”
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