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!)
Dynamo Moscow 1 @ Novokuznetsk 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 10 PIM
A scoring change awarded Harju his second goal of the season in Dynamo's last game against Khabarovsk, breaking Harju out of a slump, but he was again scoreless today against Novokuznetsk. Harju played 15:05 and was 46% on draws. Former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl had Dynamo's only goal, and now has 11 goals on the season, which is tied for tops in the league.
Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick ahead of schedule in recovery from December knee injury
It wasnâ€™t the way he envisioned spending his winter months, but Dana Tyrell is making the best of a bad situation and is hoping to hit the ice this summer stronger than ever.
After completely tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and partially tearing the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during a Dec. 18 World Junior exhibition game against Sweden, Tyrell has taken to the arduous task of rehabbing the knee with his trademark hard working approach.
The soon-to-be 20-year-old has been working on the knee with a Hockey Canada physiotherapist at Canada Olympic Park, along with his trainer of over two years, Doug Crashley.
â€œMy (physiotherapist) says itâ€™s ahead of schedule so things are moving along quickly,â€ Tyrell said after a recent morning workout session at COP. â€œItâ€™s a six month recovery, but Iâ€™ve seen guys Iâ€™ve been training with in here that are at a five month point and Iâ€™m ahead of them already.â€
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned center Paul Szczechura to the Norfolk Admirals, it was announced today by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton. He has been sidelined with a lower body injury since January 13.
Szczechura, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound center, had appeared in all 23 games for Norfolk prior to his first NHL call-up on December 1. He was leading the team with 11 goals, 13 assists and 24 points at the time. He also was tied for ninth in the AHL in scoring and tied for tenth in the league in goals at the time.
Szczechura made his NHL debut on December 2 with the Lightning in Philadelphia. Since then, he has played 18 games with Tampa Bay, scoring two goals and two assists with six penalty minutes. Szczechura, 23, signed a two-year deal as a free agent with the Lightning on April 24.
In the blink of an eye, Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell went from being on top of the junior hockey world - finally making Team Canada's WJC squad, being put on a line with expected leader John Tavares, leveling super-prospect Victor Hedman with a vicious check - to looking at knee surgery and months of rehab.
Several Canadian news outlets, including the Sun media, are reporting Tyrell is done for not only the tournament, but the year after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament and a partially tearing his medial collateral ligament. The center/winger will need surgery and was scheduled to return to his hometown of Airdrie, Alta., last night (Sunday).
The newspaper said Tyrell is definitely out of Canada's second exhibition game scheduled for Sunday.
Sources have told The Citizen Tyrell has a knee injury and his participation in the tournament is in serious question -- national junior team officials have not confirmed the reports. Team Canada's first WJC game is Boxing Day against the Czech Republic.
A year ago, Tyrell suffered a knee strain that kept him from being at his best for the national junior team's final selection camp, and he was released, reported The Citizen.