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Brian Rafalski's comeback attempt slowed by sore back

The Florida Everblades of the ECHL needed to clear a roster spot and released one-time Detroit Red Wings defenceman Brian Rafalski on Tuesday.

Former NHL defenceman cut by ECHL's Everblades

Former NHL defenceman Brian Rafalski has been released by the ECHL's Florida Everblades due to lingering back pain. He collected 515 points in 11 seasons with New Jersey and Detroit. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press/File)

Former NHL defenceman Brian Rafalski has had his comeback attempt slowed by a sore back.

The Florida Everblades of the ECHL needed to clear a roster spot and released the one-time Detroit Red Wings blue-liner on Tuesday.

Rafalski, 40, hadn’t played a game since Jan. 18. He suited up for three contests with the Everblades, recording an assist.

Rafalski, who also spent time with New Jersey, retired from the NHL following Detroit’s exit from the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs.

He played on three Stanley Cup winners and posted 515 points in 11 seasons.

Rafalski got the itch to play after participating at the Winter Classic Alumni Showdown in Detroit last month.

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