Mattias Ohlund has played not one game this season. He may never play another in his career, but he's not going down without a fight. He previously went arthroscopic surgery during the summer that helped on his right knee but not on his left. Today it was announced that he will undergo major surgery on his left knee, which maybe his best hope at saving his career.
Damian Cristodero reports that the surgery will take place on Thursday in the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and will be performed by orthopedist Anthony Miniaci.
According to the Tampa Bay Times:
The complicated procedure performed by noted orthopedist Anthony Miniaci will use a thin layer of titanium to resurface the bottom of the femur behind the kneecap. That should create a cushion where cartilage that usually covers the bone has flaked off to such an extent there is painful bone-on-bone rubbing at the patellofemoral joint.
There is no timetable for his rehab, only that this will take months not weeks. And he may never player again, but he says "I don't know if I want to put it in those terms," he said. "But this is a major procedure. Everybody seems quite optimistic I'm going to get better."
Apparently he has become quite the assistant while watching games in the press box, but doesn't think of himself as more than just a player "I'm not a coach. I'm a player," Ohlund said. "I watch the games like every other player who watches games. If they ask me for some input, I'm happy to give it. But clearly, I'm not a coach." no comments
Here is an exeprt from the article:
"Steve (Yzerman) brought me to the office a couple of days ago and asked me for a list of five teams," Kubina said. "He said, 'We would like to move you,' and after that he sent me home."
Kubina never supplied the list, but the trade came about quickly anyway.
"I was just sitting home, waiting for what was going to happen. I could have come up with a list of five teams but I didn't do it," Kubina said. "I could have waited another seven days to do that, but when I spoke to Steve (Yzerman) about Philly, I thought it was the right thing to do.
"He told me there was a great offer coming from Philadelphia and after that I thought about it: it's a great team, a mix of young players and stars and obviously players like [Flyers forward Jaromir] Jagr, and it's a very good team. I thought about it and talked to my family. I love playing hockey and it's another chance for me to go and play for a great team and a Stanley Cup contender and be in the playoffs again."
He was very honest in saying that he thought the "Lightning are getting a lot for me". "I'm 34 years old and they got a second and a fourth round pick, so that's a lot for me." (NHL.com) For that honesty and his hard work with the team, I wish only the best of luck for him. He was a gamer and played a physical style that I think has gotten overlooked during the past two seasons. We've talked a lot about Hedman's improvement and Brewer's impact, but a lot can be said for Kubina coming bac to sign with the team he get drafted by.
He didn't mince words when talking about talking about coming back or his exit out, and I feel like there is a mix of anger and dissappointment when he says this about how he saw his career ending:
"To be honest, when I signed to come back here (in 2010) I had better offers from other teams; more years and for more money, and I took this deal because this team belongs to my heart and I spent so many great times here. I was drafted by Phil Esposito (seventh round in 1996), then we struggled so much for a few years -- I had a chance to grow up in the NHL and play here for around 700 games. I grew up as a player and then we won the Stanley Cup and I made so many good friends here, so many friends for life. I met so many good people, it's hard to leave and like I said, this team will always belong to my heart.
"I always thought this team, even when we were out of the playoffs by eight or ten points, I still hoped that we would make the playoffs. This is a great group of guys and we proved it last year; this year was pretty much the same team. We struggled this year, but this team is still fighting for a playoff spot and now they are only six points out and they have a great shot at it, so I was a little disappointed that Steve lost the patience and the hope for us."
If he does well in Philly, we may still see Kubina in the future, though in a Flyers jersey. Today in the Philly blog Broad Street Bull, he says “If I play well for this team and they want me, I don’t want to go anywhere and test the water,” he said. “That is the way I am and hopefully it will go that way.”
I'm honestly not sure how much time I want to invest in getting to know a get that was traded to the team just because the Flyers needed to get under the 50 player limit, but maybe I'll eat my words in a few seasons?
Here's a link to the Lightning feature on their website, maybe they'll correct the error by the time you get there. no comments
The news broke a little bit earlier tonight that Kubina had been traded, just before the puck drop for tonight's game against the Caps. But it seems like all the details are now in on the trade that sends Pavel Kubina to the Flyers for a second-round draft pick in 2012 or 2013 (Florida's choice since this is where the pick comes from), a fourth-round draft pick in 2013 and left winger Jon Kalinski.
According to Cristodero's twitter, Kubina never submitted his list of 5 teams he'd accept a trade to but just agreed to waive his NTC to go to the Flyers. Kubina could have been a great addition to a number of teams but it was rumoured that the two teams that were interested of late was Philadelphia and Detroit.
Kalinski has played 40 games this year with the Adirondack Phantoms in the AHL and has had 9 goals and 12 points. He'll add depth to the Lightning and report directly to the Admirals. He has had 22 games of NHL experience under his belt. As for draft picks the team will now have either three or four second-round picks in the 2012 draft depending on what Florida decides. This pick comes from the Versteeg deal and Florida will have until the start of Day 2 of the 2012 draft to decide on whether the pick is for 2012 or 2013.
But it don't matter anymore!
Did you see what I did there? Do you see how freeing the rest of the season will be? We just get to ruin everyone else's trek to the playoffs. So instead of a recap, let's just look at the fun photos to come out of this game. If you want a more formal recap, head over to Couchtarts my Sharks blogger buddy who will probably have a more intelligent recap that I or read Clark's recap at RC.
First up, the hair of Stamkos scored two goals tonight.
That's number 38 and 39 poking out of his helmet there.
Which now makes me come to the realization that the reason he hasn't cut is hair is probably because he's leading the league in goals right? Ok, so I'm slow sometimes. I guess I'll have to give the hair a pass now. That cute girl behind the glass will probably do the same.
And here is Stamkos picking up St. Louis. Literally picking him up:
This photo brings me so much joy.
SO MUCH FREAKING JOY.
More photos after the jump...
The Lightning have gotten the ball rolling with the trades with trade just before puck drop tonight. Even though this morning it was all Kubina talk, today Dominic Moore was traded to the San Jose Sharks with a 7th round pick in 2012 for a 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft. San Jose's pick has been previously acquired from Minnesota.
The announcement came just a little bit before the two teams faced off against each other tonight. But no weirdness on the ice as Moore didn't play for the Sharks tonight.
I liked Moore, thought he worked hard and was pretty good in his role on the team. But as a UFA and the Lightning looking more and more like they are looking to rebuild with picks, this was expected.
This gives the Lightning three picks in the 2nd round of the 2012 entry draft and confirms that we are selling baby.
Here's Yzerman giving you the side eye on the trade: