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Lightning G Anders Lindback no longer with Ilves Tampere but okay after "weird" injury



Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback had the stitches in his cut right knee removed on Friday and said he plans to be back on the ice "in a couple of days."

Lindback, though, will be working out on his own as his contract with Finland's Ilves Tampere has expired. Before making a decision on resuming play he will wait to see how things go with negotiations between the NHL and its players on a new colective bargaining agreement.

Lindback, 24, whom the Lightning signed over the summer to a two-year, $3.6 million deal, was productive with Ilves Tampere. He was just 3-6-4 in 13 games but had a 2.33 goals-against average and .930 save percentage. But even Lindback agreed his Dec. 18 knee injury was "weird."

He said it happened at a morning skate during a three-on-two drill in which he "opened up" to make a save "and the puck hit my knee. I wear two sets of knee pads, so it was just one of those things. The puck just slipped through. I thought it was just going to be bruised and when I got into the locker room and took my gear off I was bleeding all over. It was really weird. It was a good shot, I guess."

Lindback's agent, Michael Deutsch, reiterated the knee sustained no structural damage and Lindback said, "It's healing really well."

He said he cannot wait to get back to the NHL and his opportunity with the Lightning, which wants Lindback to be its long-term solution in goal.

"Of course, I’m very anxious," Lindback said. "I’m excited for the opportunity in Tampa with the team and the organization. Sooner or later it’s going to happen, and I’m looking forward to it."  

[Last modified: Friday, December 28, 2012 1:38pm]


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