The Tampa Bay Lighting continue to see the injuries pile up throughout the lineup. Steven Stamkos is down and Radko Gudas hasn’t played in three games. Add Ryan Malone to the list of the walking wounded for the Bolts then. He hasn’t played since November 22—it is believed that he blocked a shot with his foot.
The #TBLightning PR announced earlier today that LW Ryan Malone is on IR with a lower body injury.
— WDAE 620 AM/95.3 FM (@620wdae) November 28, 2013
There hadn’t been a timeline for Malone yet, but head coach Jon Cooper seems to think the aliment will keep the forward on the shelf for at least a couple of weeks as per Erik Erlendsson’s report in The Tampa Tribune. A spot on the IR is nothing new for Malone. This has been the way things have gone for him since leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins after the 2007-08 season.
He’d been going steady so far in 2013-14 and has played in 23 contests before the injury. Malone was playing an important physical role for Tampa prior to taking the shot to his foot, and the Lightning aren’t quite the same team without him up front and Gudas on the blue line.
So far this season, Malone had compiled 9 points to go along with 35 PIMs and 38 hits.