Tampa Bay Lightning W Ryan Malone expected back at beginning of April, coach Guy Boucher says

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Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher said he expects W Ryan Malone, who today will miss his seventh straight game with what is believed a stomach muscle injury, should be back by the beginning of April, coach Guy Boucher said. Because of that, the coach added, he did not believe the team will make a major move for a forward before Monday's trade deadline.

"Once Malone is back we have everything we need," Boucher said. "If we get something else, it will be depth."

He did add this, though, about general manager Steve Yzerman: "Steve has been so smart, he's going to outsmart my comments right now."

And there is that rumor out there that the Blackhawks are looking at defenseman Brett Clark.

But back to Malone.

"Beginning of April, get him in for a few games and get him into the playoffs," Boucher said. "He's a playoff guy. He makes a big difference on the power play and makes a big difference five-on-five. When he's back we have depth at all positions."  

 Some other quick hits from Boucher's discussion before Sunday's game with the Rangers:

* D Mattias Ohlund, who, we were told, was held out of Friday's game with the Devils more for a precaution with a lower-body injury that was not serious, all of a sudden is "not good," according to Boucher. Originally, Boucher said Ohlund would likely play Wednesday against the Devils. Now, that timetable is up in the air.

* D Mike Lundin, who will miss his ninth straight game Sunday with what is believed an abdominal injury, is "close" to returning, Boucher said. Didn't give an exact date but he made it sound as if Lundin could be back this week.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 12:15am]

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