The injury report is out now for what kept Wyamn out so long with a finger injury. The bone in his finger shattered and the tip of his finger was falling off. Lucky it was saved.
The injury occurred when a puck slammed into Wyman's pinkie and used the stick he was holding as an anvil. A deep gash restricted the blood flow to the bone and hindered healing...No surgery was required, Mulligan said, but antibiotics beat down infection and laser therapy stimulated blood flow.
"It's still All In to me dammit." - Felonious Python
RW Adam Hall is well ahead of his projected recovery time from a left biceps tendon injury and might see action on the homestand, which has left games Saturday and Tuesday, coach Guy Boucher said. (...) The team's No. 1 penalty killer participated in Thursday's morning skate, though with a red no-contact jersey, and said arm flexibility is the final issue.
D Marc-Andre Bergeron (back) also skated with a red no-contact jersey.
Though LW Ryan Malone (upper body) did not skate, Boucher said both might play during the homestand.
RW Dana Tyrell had surgery Thursday on his right ACL. He is expected to be ready for training camp.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron probably could play Saturday against the Panthers if there was no other choice. But with seven defensemen already available and Bergeron, according to coach Guy Boucher, "not in game shape" after missing eight games with a back injury, sitting out another game seemed the safe course.
"I should have listened to myself," he said about getting in the weight room to train.
Doing so caused Bergeron's back injury last season. At that time he swore off lifting too many weights.
"But it felt good," he said. "And it wasn't even heavy (weight)."
And over time, he said, the pain in his back evolved to the point he could not play.
"It's unfortunate and like I said, I should have known better," Bergeron said. "But at the same time, you always do things with the right intentions and sometimes the results are unfortunate. You're driving your car and you don't want to crash it, but sometimes it happens."
Left wing Ryan Malone skated for the second time by himself before Saturday's team morning skate. Malone said he is shooting for the end of next week before getting back in a game. Boucher only said Malone is "doubtful" for Tuesday against the Kings.
Left wing Ryan Malone, out four games with an upper-body injury and shooting for a return Saturday at Buffalo, skated with the team for the first time but with a yellow jersey; not quite a red no-contact jersey but still more of a restriction than if Malone had on a regular jersey. Think of it like a yellow (caution) traffic signal.
Nobody is saying it, but it seems clear Mattias Ohlund will not play this season.
The Lightning defenseman has not played a regular-season game because of two bum knees, is not skating, and GM Steve Yzerman acknow*ledged Thursday there is no timetable for him to do so.
Ohlund contributes, though, as an ad hoc assistant coach. Beginning with the Jan. 20-21 road trip to Dallas and Phoenix, Ohlund has watched games from the press box (with a special eye on the defense), taking notes and passing along what he observes to the coaching staff and players.
"He's a really bright hockey guy and well-respected," Yzerman said. "He's got a lot to offer to us in watching the games and watching our defensemen and being able to work with them, particularly the younger guys, about the finer points of playing the position."
"He's a good leader," coach Guy Boucher said. "So having him around is good for him and good for the team."
D Matt Gilroy sat out Sunday's game after suffering an upper-body injury during the second period of Saturday's game in Buffalo. He did not skate Sunday morning but did work out at CONSOL Energy Center in the morning, and his injury is not considered to be long-term.
"It's not something for long, long-term, but it's certainly something which prevents him from playing right now," Boucher said of Gilroy.
Ryan Malone, meanwhile, was held out again as a precaution despite "begging" the coaching staff to allow him back into the lineup in his hometown against his former team.
"With him, he's always ready to play so we have to manage it for him," Boucher said. "He's available but he's just been available so I'm very tentative. Not because of the quality of the player, we just want to make sure that he doesn't miss any more (games). He's missed enough, we've missed him enough. We play again on Tuesday (against Ottawa) so we'll see."
With Gilroy out Boucher opted to insert RW Adam Hall back into the lineup instead of D Marc-Andre Bergeron...Boucher said the decision to play Hall was made easier as Bergeron felt some soreness in his back after returning to the lineup Tuesday against Los Angeles.
You could see Ohlund hobbling behind I think Brewer last night during the post game dressed in a suit of course. He didn't look like a guy who could be skating at an NHL level any time soon. If this doesn't do it, please just retire and become an assistant coach for us!
The complicated procedure performed by noted orthopedist Anthony Miniaci will use a thin layer of titanium to resurface the bottom of the femur behind the kneecap. That should create a cushion where cartilage that usually covers the bone has flaked off to such an extent there is painful bone-on-bone rubbing at the patellofemoral joint.
The right knee is fine, Ohlund said. But the left never regained the proper strength and has gotten progressively more painful while his limp became more pronounced.
Kinda hit me today how much this team misses Ohlund.
I know right!?! We didn't even have a good defense before he left, and now we're all of a sudden down one of our top 4...
I wasn't ever a huge Ohlund fan, but I did notice the positives he provided for us. He wasn't scared to lay someone out at the blue line from time to time...I think that was pretty infectious for the rest of the team too...