Boyle to have surgery after freak injury
This one you're not going to believe.
Defenseman Dan Boyle, one of the Lightning's most important players sustained a crazy injury in the locker room after Saturday night's 2-1 loss to the Capitals at the St. Pete Times Forum. Boyle was talking to teammate Doug Janik when one of Boyle's skates, obviously not properly secured, fell about two feet off the hook above his locker and sliced through his left arm and through the abductor tendon. Boyle went running from the locker room, his arm bleeding. General manager Jay Feaster said Boyle will have surgery on Sunday and be out three to six weeks, though they will not really know the extent of the injury until they get in there to look at it.
"It's huge,'' Feaster said about the blow to the team. "Danny is the catalyst. He's the guy who make sit go back there. You don't find those guys on the shelf.''
It was a busy night for the training room. Vinny Lecavalier left the game in the second period with what was called an "upper body injury,'' though he said it was just precautionary and should not miss time. Center Ryan Craig was scratched with back spasms. Jason Ward also limped off after being hit by a puck but returned.
Add Chris Gratton (corneal abrasion), Michel Ouellet (left hamstring), Andre Roy (bruised tail bone) and Jan Hlavac, who played after missing Wednesday's game with a bruised foot, and you've got a collective headache.
Feaster said he must confer with ownership and the prospective ownership group before deciding whether to address the need with a waiver pickup or free-agent signing. Not sure Bryce Lampman is the answer here.
Boyle, 31, is going to be tough to replace. Coming off a breakout season in which he had a career-high 20 goals and was fourth in the league among defensemen with 63 points, he finally last year got some deserved Norris Trophy consideration.
Much more in tomorrow's paper. And will update as info becomes available about the surgery.