Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Injured Winnipeg Defenceman Kulikov Forgoes Surgery on Injured Back

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Injured Winnipeg Defenceman Kulikov Forgoes Surgery on Injured Back

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Injured Jet Kulikov forgoes surgery

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WINNIPEG - There was an unexpected twist to the Winnipeg Jets' injury update after Monday's practice.

Coach Paul Maurice said defenceman Dmitry Kulikov decided not to have back surgery planned for Monday after meeting with surgeons.

"It's never clearly one way or the other that he should go (for surgery)," Maurice said. "So when he met for his final consult, again it's the player's choice with what he wants to do.

"He's going to forgo the surgery. There are other remedies with this so he didn't have surgery today."

The team will have an update on Kulikov in three or four weeks. He was supposed to be out a minimum of eight weeks if he'd had surgery.

The injury happened in Winnipeg's 3-2 victory over New Jersey on March 8 right as he fired a shot. …

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