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Sharks D Nikolai Knyzhov tears Achilles tendon

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at San Jose Sharks

May 7, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov (71) during the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov will miss the first few months of the season with a torn right Achilles tendon.

General manager Mike Grier said Saturday that Knyzhov got hurt while participating in off-ice training. Knyzhov had surgery Wednesday, and the Sharks estimate it’ll take about six months to recover.

The 24-year-old Knyzhov missed all of last season with a groin injury and the Sharks were hoping to have him back healthy this year.

He played 56 games in the 2020-21 season, recording two goals and eight assists.