Within a couple hours, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reported and Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune also confirmed that Lindback was struck in the knee, where he was cut and needed stitches and that he is presently expected to miss about 10 days. His agent, Michael Deutsch of Eclipse Sports Management, emphasized "there is no structural damage at all."
General Manager Steve Yzerman has led three entry drafts for the Tampa Bay Lightning and twice raised eyebrows when he chose an injury-risk player with a top-10 pick. The first was Brett Connolly (hips) in 2010, which has worked out okay so far. In June of this year, Yzerman selected promising defenseman Slater Koekkoek of the Peterborough Petes with the 10th overall pick despite the fact Koekkoek missed all but two months of the season with a severe shoulder injury. Koekkoek, who had his shoulder surgically repaired, passed all medical examinations before the draft.
The Petes' kicked off their preseason last night and Koekkoek – named captain earlier in the week – played his first competitive game since he was hurt on November 27, 2011. Koekkoek took a hit from Blue Jackets prospect Boone Jenner of Oshawa and later left the game. According to the Peterborough Examiner, Koekkoek was taken to the hospital for further evaluation. His coach, Mike Pelino, classified the injury as an “upper body injury,” which opens speculation that it could be the same shoulder.
By far the biggest question mark with Brett Connolly when the Lightning took him sixth overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft was his durability. Connolly was coming off a 16 game season in 2009-2010 because of two hip injuries. Though doctors cleared the young sniper before the draft, Connolly slid from a possible No.3 pick to what some called a gamble at No.6.
Connolly has put his injuries behind him this year to the tune of 25 goals in 34 games and being chosen for Team Canada at the World Junior tournament.
Now, just four games back from his time in Buffalo, Connolly is hitting the injured list again. Prince George's leading scorer was involved in a knee-on-knee collision with Steve Oursov of the Chilliwack Bruins Wednesday and the Prince George Citizen is reporting he suffered a sprained knee. No penalty was called on the play, though Cougars coach Dean Clark says Oursov could be suspended. The Citizen says Connolly tried to skate after the collision but was quickly escorted to the locker room for further evaluation.
He will miss a minimum of three weeks and could miss up to six.
â€œItâ€™s very unfortunate, Brett obviously went through some injury woes last year and this is another setback for him, but certainly nothing like last year,â€ Clark told the Citizen. â€œItâ€™s just a matter of him doing the hard work and getting the rehab done and heâ€™ll come back when heâ€™s ready.â€
Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden, who is currently leading the ECHL in scoring for the Florida Everblades, will be out indefinitely with a blood clot. The Everblades announcers said during last night's game that Fadden had a clot in his leg and could miss the season. The Lightning confirmed to Bolt Prospects that Fadden does indeed have a clot, and "will be out indefinitely while he is on blood thinner medication."
Fadden, a 2007 fourth round pick of the Lightning, has 15 goals and 36 assists for 51 points in just 37 games this season for Florida.
(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their training camp roster by four today, assigning forwards Chris Durno and Johan Harju, as well as goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League and releasing forward Eric Perrin from his tryout, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
(BP Note: With this latest news, it's apparent prospect Dana Tyrell has made the Lightning roster for opening night. Congratulations, Dana!)