The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone has suffered a non-displaced fracture to his ankle and will be on the shelf for three to four weeks.
Malone took a puck to the ankle
blocking a shot against the Anaheim Ducks two weeks ago, coach Jon
Cooper and General Manager Steve Yzerman breaking out their cloak and
dagger routine in regard to Malone's injury - that is until Tuesday,
when Yzerman went public with the diagnosis.
year old veteran left wing has recorded three goals and six helpers in
23 games played and has a plus-one rating on the season.
time frame that Yzerman is anticipating for Malone - and also the
capricious nature of the injury - is consistent with the diagnosis.
Originally thought to be a sprain, then perhaps a chipped bone in the
ankle before further tests detected a fracture.
Malone injury is just the latest in harsh blows to a Tampa Bay roster
expected to contend for a title. Of course the cruelest injury was to
leading scorer Steven Stamkos, who broke his tibia three weeks ago in
Boston, but center Tom Pyatt and defenseman Brian Lee have essentially
been out all season while left wing Pierre-Cedric Labrie has played in
just 12 games.
The good news is that Labrie is skating and
should be able to return from his elbow injury this weekend, while
tough guy Radko Gudas has the same time table expectation. Pyatt has
been skating as well, but he's still looking at another two to four
weeks for a slow-healing broken collarbone.
Stamkos is on the fast track to return and has targeted a February 6th return date.