Sunday, September 23, 2007

Boyle to miss 3-6 weeks

Hockey is dangerous enough without having to worry about falling skates in locker rooms, but that is precisely what Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle had to deal with after last night's 2-1 loss to the Caps. As the St. Petersburg Times reports:

The skate, which apparently was not secured properly, fell about 2 feet and the blade sliced into Boyle's arm and through the abductor tendon.

Boyle ran to the training room, his arm bleeding. Four stitches closed the wound, though they will be removed today when he undergoes surgery.

It is worth noting that in addition to the effects on the Lightning in terms of Boyle's presence and production -- a significant ingredient to the Lightning's success -- Boyle is also in a contract year. He is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

Division opponent he might be, but one wishes he gets back on the ice as soon as possible.

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