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Sami Salo sidelined with lower-body injury

Feb 26, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning had to know they were rolling the injury dice by acquiring Sami Salo during the offseason. For 18 games, that gamble paid off, but the fragile defenseman got hurt during Tuesday’s match against the Buffalo Sabres.

Salo, 38, suffered a lower-body injury and won’t return, according to the team.

The hard-shooting blueliner’s ailment will probably draw plenty of “finally” and “who had Feb. 26 in their injury pool?” jokes, but it’s disappointing for Tampa Bay because he’s been such a good fit. Salo has eight points in those 18 games with an impressive +12 rating.

He’s not the only injury risk the Bolts have inherited from the Vancouver Canucks. Mattias Ohlund is also struggling with career-threatening knee problems.

Salo’s $3.75 million cap hit expires after the 2013-14 campaign.

  1. Woody Bass - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:44 PM

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  2. Woody Bass - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:48 PM

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  3. valoisvipers - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Woody Nobody cares Please stop post your reblog crap here.

  4. kitshky - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Hey! I’m not a mean person … most of the time.

  5. davebabychreturns - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    In fairness, the Bolts didn’t “inherit” these injury prone guys from the Canucks.. they fell all over themselves to hand out big contracts to old guys with limited mobility and more injuries than you can count.

    And don’t get me wrong, I love both players and think when the Canucks let them go they could still contribute in a top four role.. you just can’t depend on them to stay in the lineup (or get around the ice quickly enough for that matter).

    Sucks that Sami didn’t make it to the 20 game mark, I hope he’s able to recover and contribute in Tampa.

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