Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund likely won't play this season

NEW YORK — 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 acknow­ledged 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."

Ohlund, 35, who has four years left on a seven-year, $25.25 million contract, had arthroscopic surgery on both knees over the summer to clean out what the team called "loose bodies." He has not skated since mid November and declined to comment.

I'M OUT: Next season's Winter Classic between the Wings and Leafs includes an alumni game at Detroit's Comerica Park. Yzerman, for 20 years the Detroit captain, said he will not play. "Because I'm retired. I also have a job."

DIFFERING OPINIONS: Ran­gers LW Brandon Prust believed D Victor Hedman slew-footed him in the first period of Thursday's game.

Hedman said, "I didn't even know what happened," and called Prust "one of those players who plays hard every night" and one who "you need on your team." Said Prust: "I just wanted to get the puck. And all of a sudden, my feet went out from underneath me. … It was pretty dangerous."

MENDING: LW Ryan Malone participated in Thursday's morning skate and took contact for the first time since he was injured and might play Saturday at Buffalo. "We want to make sure everything is good to go and can last the rest of the season," he said.

Malone, hurt Jan. 21 against Phoenix, has missed six games with an upper-body injury. He has three goals and seven points in his previous eight games. "We need this guy in the lineup," Boucher said.

BAD MEMORY: Lightning RW Marty St. Louis survived the morning skate. During the skate before the Dec. 8 game against the Rangers in New York, he sustained facial fractures and eye damage when hit by a puck. The injury prevented him from playing his 500th consecutive game. "When it happened, I was just scared for him," Boucher said. "I didn't really think of hockey. I was thinking of the man. He's got a life outside hockey."

ODDS AND ENDS: Members of the Giants' offensive line, four days after winning the Super Bowl, were introduced to a standing ovation. … Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist had started 26 straight games against the Lightning before sitting out. He was 14-7-5 with two shutouts and a 2.09 GAA in the streak that began Nov. 10, 2005. Martin Biron got the start. … Tampa Bay D Marc-Andre Bergeron and RW Adam Hall were scratched.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund likely won't play this season 02/09/12 [Last modified: Friday, February 10, 2012 12:25am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Aaron Hernandez lawyer: Brain showed 'severe' case of CTE


    BOSTON — Aaron Hernandez's lawyer says the former New England Patriots tight end's brain showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

    Aaron Hernandez's lawyer says the former New England Patriots tight end's brain showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. [AP photo]
  2. Bucs' Josh Robinson excited for return to Vikings


    For much of Josh Robinson's four seasons with the Vikings, there was excitement leading up to the arrival of the $1.1-billion U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened last season, just as Robinson signed with the …

    Josh Robinson (26) tackles Chicago punt returner Eddie Royal (19) during a game between the Bucs and Bears in 2016. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  3. For starters: Rays at Orioles, meeting up with ex-mate Tim Beckham


    The Rays open their final roadtrip of the season tonight in Baltimore, and - continuing the theme of the week - willl cross paths with another familiar face, INF Tim Beckham.

    Tim Beckham made a smashing debut with the Orioles, hitting .394 with six homers and 19 RBIs in August.
  4. From the archives: Account of famed Riggs-King match heightens Tampa mob intrigue


    With the Sept. 29 opening of "Battle of the Sexes" — the movie starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell about Billie Jean King's landmark 1973 tennis win over Bobby Riggs — we thought there might be renewed interest in this 2013 Peter Jamison story from the Tampa Bay Times.

    Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in "Battle of the Sexes."  [Melinda Sue Gordon, Fox Searchlight Pictures]
  5. It's not a game, but the names are all the same in this football family


    TAMPA — A coach yells across the field into a scrum of blue-and-white clad football bodies at Jefferson High: "Kim Mitchell! Kim Mitchell, come here!"

    These twins are not only identical, but they have almost identical names. Kim Mitchell III, left, and Kim Mitchell IV are  talented football players at Jefferson High with Division I-A college offers. Kim  III wears No. 22 and plays cornerback while Kim IV wears No. 11 and plays safety. (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)