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Yelle sidelined with serious ankle injury

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames


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The Calgary Flames will have to get along without one of their top defensive leaders, Stephane Yelle, for at least the next few weeks.

Yelle was taken off the ice on a stretcher because of an ankle injury Thursday night after falling backward and being pushed into the boards by Bruins defenceman Jason York.

Yelle underwent tests once the team arrived back in Calgary and has a borken ankle and sprained ankle ligaments. The combination of the two injuries makes it difficult to predict a timeline for Yelle's return.

"It's going to take a while and it all depends on how bad the sprain was," said Yelle. "I think the sprain is more serious than the actual break. We'll give it time and see how it goes."

Yelle, injured late in the second period, is in his 11th season in the NHL and is a big part of the Flames identity.

"He is a huge part of our team with the stability he brings," said Playfair.

Added captain Jarome Iginla: "He's a leader in our dressing with his work ethic and determination. Teams go through this and you hear this a lot but guys have to be better without him."

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