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Filppula has fractured ankle, won’t play in Olympics

Feb 7, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 13: Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Tampa Bay Lightning controls the puck during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on January 13, 2014 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Getty Images

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula left Thursday’s game due to what has been revealed to be a non-displaced fractured ankle, according to the Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson.

The silver lining for the Lightning is that this occurred right before the Olympic break and his timetable suggests that he should be available in three weeks, so he might not end up missing many NHL games. This has to be a tough pill for Filppula to swallow though as he was just days away from representing Finland in the 2014 Winter Games.

The Finnish squad was already facing the strong possibility that Mikko Koivu won’t be available for the Olympics, so Filppula’s last minute injury has made a difficult situation worse.

Filppula was part of Finland’s bronze medal run in 2010 and contributed three goals in six games. Since then he’s emerged as a strong top-six forward and most recently has been a big part of the Lightning’s success during Steven Stamkos‘ absence.

Filppula has 20 goals and 41 points in 56 contests in 2013-14.

  1. jpelle82 - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    i was leaning toward finland as a real gold contender, not so much anymore….big loss for them.

    • joey4id - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      One when the best players meet on the world stage do I actually root for specific team, and with all my bias aside (not really), only Canada’s goalies poor play can lead to their demise. Gotta go see who’s going to light the caldron in Sochi. I hope it won’t be Ovi. :-) I’m guessing Tretiak!

  2. lowenni - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Jeez that hurts. With Koivu already out it’s even worse. Filppula’s a real underrated talent and I was interested to see how he would perform with an increased role on the Finnish team. Now I’m not sure even Finland’s goaltending will get em a medal.

  3. bwana63 - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    TT time? Certainly hope so.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      me too. teravainan was a beast in the wjc. makes me sick he’s headed to the blackhawks.

  4. btlpper68 - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Olympians dropping left and right

  5. strictlythedanks - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    OH NO NOT FINRAND

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