Zadorov (concussion) will return to action Tuesday against the Predators, Terry Frei of The Denver Post reports. Frei suffered a concussion in Friday's game, but it appears the symptoms were not overly severe, as he will return to the ice after missing just one game.
Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said Saturday that Zadorov is concussed. The young defenseman sustained the injury in Friday's game against the Capitals, ending his night after just 8:43 of ice time. A big storm cloud was cast upon the Avs' playoff hopes even before the hard-hitting blueliner sustained the ailment, and given the complicated nature of concussions and the process involved, the team undoubtedly will have to search for a replacement ahead of Sunday's home tilt against the Blues.
Zadorov suffered a head injury in Friday's game against the Capitals and will not return. Zadorov recorded just under nine minutes of ice time before exiting Friday's contest. It's not immediately clear how long he will be sidelined, but he will have to be cleared of any concussion symptoms before he returns to the ice.
Zadorov was summoned from AHL San Antonio on Sunday. The 6-foot-5, 221-pound blueliner has amassed an impressive 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in addition to his 90 PIM through 52 games this season. Zadorov, a 2013 first-round pick by the Sabres, hasn't really lived up to his billing at this point but will get another crack at the NHL after notching two assists with the Avalanche over 16 games earlier in the campaign. He's a physical presence when in the lineup but it's unclear how long his stay with the parent club will last.
Zadorov was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Friday. With the return of Erik Johnson to the lineup for Saturday's game against Dallas, Zadorov is the odd man out on a roster that includes eight healthy defenseman. Since being recalled on Jan. 13, Zadorov failed to record a point in five games and skated to a minus-2 rating.
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