by Jon Jordan on 07/23/11 at 01:02 PM ET
As Paul pointed to here last night, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported via Twitter that Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone recently underwent shoulder surgery and could be facing 4-6 months recovery time, leaving him unavailable to the Bolts until as late as mid-December.
A team spokesperson confirmed the surgery to BOSE this morning, saying the procedure was done to “repair an injury suffered during the playoffs”. The 4-6 month recovery period, however, was called inaccurate and that Malone, rather, “should” be ready for training camp in September.
Not much else is known about the specifics of the injury but one might look to game three of the Pittsburgh series and a collision with Penguin forward James Neal in the first period that forced Malone out of the game for some time.
The surgery itself was said to be arthroscopic in nature.
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