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Avalanche's Leopold out 4 weeks with fractured wrist

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DENVER (AP) -Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold will miss approximately four weeks after tests revealed a fractured wrist, team officials said Tuesday.

Leopold, who hurt his wrist in the third period against Calgary last Thursday night, had the MRI exam on Monday. He is scheduled for surgery this week.

It's the third significant injury this season for Leopold. He missed the first 25 games of the season as he recovered from offseason hernia surgery and then another 17 games due to a groin injury he suffered in December.

Leopold has missed the last two games - both Avalanche losses - because of the wrist injury.

"Tough year," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. "Another tough blow."

Defenseman Jeff Finger was called up from Albany of the AHL on Saturday and is expected to make his NHL debut Tuesday night against Calgary.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him," Quenneville said.

The Avalanche lost defenseman Patrice Brisebois for the season to a back injury in late December against Dallas.

"To lose Briser and Leo, a couple of important guys for us," Quenneville said. "It's one after the other."

Leopold was obtained from the Flames, along with a 2006 second-round draft pick and another conditional second-round pick, last June for Alex Tanguay.

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