Wing J.T. Brown was expected to be with the Lightning this season. But a broken collarbone sustained Friday while playing for AHL Syracuse ensured he will be sidelined if, as hoped, the NHL begins playing games by Jan. 19.
Brown, 22, needs surgery to repair a displaced fracture and will be out six to eight weeks, Crunch coach Jon Cooper said.
"He was just coming into his own," Cooper said Saturday. "In that regard, it's a tough injury."
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