The Injury Situation Organization Wide

In Tampa, Pavel Kubina [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBY4ZSFLHE.html]continues to nurse a groin strain which may or may not prompt the recall of a defenseman from Springfield by Monday's game against Carolina.[/url] Fatigue along the backline was obvious for the Lightning in their game against Buffalo last night as they were forced to go with five defensemen again for the duration of the contest. If a defenseman is recalled, Timo Helbling or Doug O'Brien appear to be the two most logical options for the Lightning. In Springfield, on top of the recalls of Ryan Craig and Darren Reid, winger Zbynek Hrdel [url=http://www.tribune-democrat.com/sports/local_story_356001320.html]is expected to be out for a couple of weeks with a knee injury.[/url] The Falcons had originally decided to recall Justin Kelly, Randy Rowe and winger Brandon Elliot to the Falcons, but Elliot broke his hand in a fight in his last ECHL game prompting Adam Henrich to be recalled instead. Rowe suffered an abdominal injury that also kept him from being recalled and likely won't be back until December 30th. In Johnstown, Mike Egener is finally close to returning from his own knee injury. He should be a welcome addition to the Chiefs lineup. However, the Chiefs have lost not only Rowe and Elliot, but will be without veteran Paul Caponigri for two to three weeks with a concussion also suffered in the midst of a fight.

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Defensive depth question

How does Brad Bombadir's injury situation look at the moment? Has he come close to recovering or has he been released from his PTO?

Re: Bombardir

Bomardir underwent knee surgery. I'd have to look back into the archives to see the extent of it, but as I recall it was pretty major. The Lightning were reportedly class acts about the situation and took care of all of Bombardir's medical bills etc, but my suspicion is that he is no longer in the team's plans. Then again, with Eriksson returning to Europe the plan may change, although the Falcons were already having to shuffle their vets in and out of the lineup leaving Tiley to sit most nights.

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