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Lightning’s Malone (ankle) out 3-4 weeks

Dec 3, 2013, 8:43 PM EDT

Ryan Malone AP

The Tampa Bay Lightning received more bad injury news on Tuesday, as GM Steve Yzerman estimates Ryan Malone will miss three-to-four weeks with a fractured (non-displaced) ankle, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Malone, 34, suffered the injury when he was hit by a puck in a Nov. 22 game against the Anaheim Ducks.

It’s been that kind of month (or so) for the Lightning, as Malone joins Steve Stamkos (out months) and Radko Gudas (day-to-day) as the most noteworthy injured players (unless you count virtually retired defenseman Mattias Ohlund, too).

Malone isn’t the most reliable scorer – just two points in his last 11 games – but he combines at least the possibility of offensive contributions with a lot of grit in a large frame.

The Lightning have been scratching and clawing with Stamkos & Co. injured. They’ll have to keep doing that with a depleted roster for quite some time.

(H/T to Rotoworld.)

  1. muttbolts91 - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Erat to tampa?

  2. ctcork - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    What? Bugsy never gets hurt…

  3. c9castine - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    bugsy hasn’t been healthy since he left pittsburgh it seem….shame he is a really handsy goal scoring power forward when he’s skating.

  4. lightning69 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Malone is a force when healthy but it always seems like he is out for 20-30 games a season anyway.

    Not to worry, it’s not like we were starting 10 rookies or anything. Oh and Brewer went down in the warm up.

    Please stay healthy St Louis, you’re our only hope! Do I owe Disney a dollar now for ad libs?

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