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NHL Injury Report: Stamkos To Miss Months Following Surgery

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Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos will be out four to six months with a torn meniscus after picking up the injury during Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. After falling to the ice following a check attempt on Gustav Nyquist along the boards, Stamkos favored his right leg after getting up. Stamkos skated to the bench and did not return to the game.

This was a huge blow for the Lightning, as this will be the second year in a row their captain will miss significant time. A bit of good news for the team came along yesterday as Jonathan Drouin came back after missing seven games with an upper-body injury. While Drouin has only pitched in five points in ten games so far this season, the Lightning will need all the help they can get offensively without the former 60 goal scorer on the ice.

Other Injuries Notes 

  • Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving announced Thursday that winger Johnny Gaudreau will miss six weeks to recover from his broken finger. The American-born winger had surgery on Wednesday to repair the finger after sustaining the injury in Tuesday’s win over the Minnesota Wild. The injury was sustained after a slash from Wild forward Eric Staal, one of the many slashes Gaudreau took during the game. The Flames have been very critical of the NHL for not cracking down on Staal, and are frustrated that they lost their star forward in that fashion.
  • The New Jersey Devils announced on their team website Wednesday that winger Taylor Hall had successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The team placed their leading scorer on IR and Hall’s recovery time is expected to be three to four weeks.
  • Patric Hornqvist and Chris Kunitz are both day-to-day with injuries they sustained during the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. Penguins Head Coach Mike Sullivan told the media after practice Thursday that Hornqvist has a concussion, and Kunitz is dealing with a lower-body injury, and their status is uncertain for Pittsburgh’s game Friday in Brooklyn against the Islanders. The Penguins placed Tom Sestito on waivers Thursday, giving the team flexibility if they need to call up an extra forward.
  • Arizona Coyotes center Brad Richardson had surgery Friday to repair the tibia and fibula he broke, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Richardson suffered the injury during the Coyotes 3-2 overtime loss Thursday in Vancouver. Richardson broke both bones in his right leg after falling awkwardly following a hit from Vancouver Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin. Richardson was taken off on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital where he stayed the night.