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Kyle McLaren to Be Out 2-3 Weeks

October 11, 2001

BOSTON (AP) _ Bruins defenseman Kyle McLaren is expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks with a torn chest muscle.

McLaren did not play Wednesday night in a 2-1 loss at Minnesota. Boston is in the midst of a six-game road trip.

``It’s unlikely he’ll play on the trip, but we’ll see,″ general manager Mike O’Connell said. ``I’m sure he can use his legs, but I’m sure it’s painful. It’s due to the aggressive style he plays. I just look forward to having him back in the lineup.″

McLaren, who missed 24 games with a knee injury last season, was hurt on a hit by Washington’s Calle Johansson last Monday.

An MRI exam performed Tuesday in Boston found a torn pectoral muscle on McLaren’s left side.

The 24-year-old defenseman missed 11 games in 1999-00 with knee and thumb injuries, both of which required surgery at the end of the season. He sat out 15 games in 1998-99 with injuries and another 15 because of a contract holdout.

Second-year player Jarno Kultanen replaced McLaren in the loss at Minnesota, Boston’s first defeat in four games.

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