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It Appears Mattias Ohlund Is Close To Retirement

from Kureinen,nu (translated),

823 days have passed since Mattias Ohlund last played a hockey game.

But even though it's been a long time since then, the hill believed that he will make a comeback to the NHL stage - until now.

For the first time recognizes the 36-year-old to his successful career has probably run out.

- In a perfect world, I had played hockey for a few years. But I still fills 37 years in a few weeks, says Mattias Ohlund to the Courier.

- I've had a pretty long career and I'm happy with. I do not feel at all bad mentally in any way.

But Piteå product would not go out officially that he put the skates on the shelf. When his Tampa Bay Lightning starts its NHL camp on September 10, the station will be on hand at the collection.

- I feel no need to make any final decision, says Ohlund and continues:

- But I have not played in over two years. I have to be realistic and realize that the conditions to play again becomes less and less.

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Per Capgeek, Ohlund's contract runs through the 2015-16 season, so he probably won't officially retire until then.

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Major Surgery For Ohlund

from Damian Crisodero of the Tampa Bay Times,

It is easy to understand why Mattias Ohlund said, “I wake up every day in a bad mood.”

The Lightning defenseman is in pain, and the ache in his left knee that has kept him sidelined the entire regular season and off skates completely since mid November is getting worse.

“We have great trainers, and they work with me every day,” Ohlund said. “We’ve tried everything. We’ve been thinking and talking about this and finally came to the conclusion it’s time to get it done.”

What Ohlund, 35, will have done Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio is major surgery on his left knee that likely is the last best hope of saving his career.

The complicated procedure performed by noted orthopedist Anthony Miniaci will use a thin layer of titanium to resurface the bottom of the femur behind the kneecap. That should create a cushion where cartilage that usually covers the bone has flaked off to such an extent there is painful bone-on-bone rubbing at the patellofemoral joint.

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Ohlund Appears Done For The Season

from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,

Nobody is saying it, but it seems clear Mattias Ohlund will not play this season.

The Lightning defenseman has not played a regular-season game because of two bum knees, is not skating, and GM Steve Yzerman acknow­ledged Thursday there is no timetable for him to do so.

Ohlund contributes, though, as an ad hoc assistant coach. Beginning with the Jan. 20-21 road trip to Dallas and Phoenix, Ohlund has watched games from the press box (with a special eye on the defense), taking notes and passing along what he observes to the coaching staff and players.

“He’s a really bright hockey guy and well-respected,” Yzerman said. “He’s got a lot to offer to us in watching the games and watching our defensemen and being able to work with them, particularly the younger guys, about the finer points of playing the position.”

“He’s a good leader,” coach Guy Boucher said. “So having him around is good for him and good for the team.”

Ohlund, 35, who has four years left on a seven-year, $25.25 million contract, had arthroscopic surgery on both knees over the summer to clean out what the team called “loose bodies.” He has not skated since mid November and declined to comment.

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News Not Good On Ohlund And Fleming

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Lightning coach Guy Boucher gave the grimmest assessment yet about D Mattias Ohlund, who has not played a regular-season game because of two bum knees Boucher said “are worn down.”

Boucher on Thursday even hinted Ohlund might not play this season….

“It just hurts him a lot more than what he would have expected or the doctors would have expected,” Boucher said.

“It’s not about damage. It’s just something that’s difficult to manage because you can’t do much more than what’s been done. It’s pain tolerance now. It’s a question of mobility. It’s a question of can he skate at the level in the NHL he needs to follow.”

FLEMING UPDATE: Assistant coach Wayne Fleming, battling brain cancer, has been moved from his Calgary home to a hospital, said GM Steve Yzerman, who added Fleming has stopped texting and emailing his observations during games.

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Ohlund’s Return Date Unknown Due To Setback

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

D Mattias Ohlund, who has not played a regular-season game this season, is no longer skating and Saturday said he does not know when he will.

Said coach Guy Boucher of Ohlund’s recovery from Oct. 11 arthroscopic surgeries on both knees, “I don’t know where we are.”

That is quite a difference from two weeks ago, when there was optimism Ohlund was close to returning. Now, Ohlund said, “I don’t even have a timetable.”

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Surgery On Both Knees For Ohlund

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Veteran Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund will need arthroscopic surgery on both knees, coach Guy Boucher said Monday.

The procedures will be performed on Tuesday. Ohlund could be out four to six weeks, although the team is officially saying he is out indefinitely.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lightning/Capitals, 1/12/11

Yesterday, the aim here was to reaffirm the realistic goal of a Southeast Division championship for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Keeping pace with the three-time defending champion Washington Capitals through 43 games was enough, at face value, to establish that. But, in shutting out the Caps for a second consecutive meeting and, really, dominating last night’s game throughout, the Lightning have taken things a step further.

The road to the Southeast Division championship goes through Tampa.

Clearly, nothing’s been settled yet. 38 games remaining games for each club – with two more against each other – dictates as much. But the tides have turned in the Lightning’s favor since the acquisition of Dwayne Roloson, who has now blanked Washington twice in a week for his new club.

The difference between being outscored 12-3 in two losses to the Capitals earlier in the year and not allowing a single goal in two since goes far beyond a goaltending upgrade.

“We were trying to play their game,” Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher said of the first two meetings with Washington this year, “And, to be honest with you, at their game, they’re better than us.”

“We focused a lot less on the other team (in the two wins) and a lot more on ourselves.”

In doing so, the Bolts have flipped the script on their division rivals and sit alone atop the Southeast standings.

And while Washington has struggled to find consistency during a shift in identity from the offensive dynamo they’ve been in recent years, Tampa Bay has continually improved all season long.

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The Bolts Beat, 11/01/10: Tampa’s Winning Ways, Around the NHL and More

In the latest episode, Jon quickly puts to bed the nonsense stemming from last week’s show, the gang discusses the week that was for the Lightning, some leaguewide issues (including yet another suspension) and, as always, close things out with the specialty segments, “Mike’s Missed Call of the Week”, Jon’s “What the Hell Was That?” and Mark’s “Missing the Mark” (which desperately, desperately needs a new name, folks).

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Around the Southeast this Weekend

A quick look at what’s happening (and what’s happened) with all five Southeast Division clubs as we head into the weekend:

We’ll go top to bottom:

Tampa Bay
1st place, 6-2-1 (13 points)
By and large, folks have been impressed with the Bolts thus far. As I wrote on Wednesday night, all six of their wins have differed significantly from one another and, though it is extremely early, that is a distinctive mark of a good team.

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Ohlund Out With Knee Issue

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund will be out at least two weeks with inflammation in his right knee, GM Steve Yzerman said. Captain Vinny Lecavalier also missed Monday’s practice with a foot contusion sustained Saturday against the Panthers. It is not considered serious. As for Ohlund it is the same knee on which Ohlund was scoped during the summer.

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Turnaround in Tampa Starts at the Top

Before a single tweak to the roster, the Tampa Bay Lightning were already poised for improvement in 2010-11. With the tumultuous era of previous ownership already behind them when the sale of the team to Jeff Vinik was completed late last season, gone in an instant were any and all off-ice concerns and the circus went back to being an annual visitor to the St. Pete Times Forum rather than a permanent resident. With the appointment of Steve Yzerman as general manager, credibility returned to the franchise and new head coach Guy Boucher was widely regarded as the hottest commodity on the off-season coaching market.

Without a solitary player move, hockey life in Tampa was good again.

But far be it from Yzerman to rest on the comfort that fans surely feel by him simply not being one of those other guys. The addition of former Flyers forward Simon Gagne headlines a list of shrewd off-season maneuvers for the rookie GM and the revamped roster could very well translate to the sort of on-ice success that will make Lightning followers quickly forgot about three non-playoff seasons gone by.

 

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The Bolts Beat, 09/13/10

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, JJ and co-host Mike Corcoran discuss Dan Ellis’ recent Twitter troubles and the many (over?)reactions thereof, look ahead to training camp opening this weekend, Tampabaylightning.com contributor, Mark Pukalo, stops by again to discuss some intriguing position battles ahead for the Lightning and the boys have a little extra time to discuss the NFL’s opening weekend.

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Ohlund Wants A Big Part In The Lightning Plans

from Erik Erlenssson of the Tampa Tribune,

Ohlund said that while he looked like a wounded warrior for good portions of last year, he played without limitations.

“I had a few issues, but it wasn’t something big and when I stepped on the ice it never bothered me, it probably took more toll on the trainers than me,” Ohlund said.

The summer didn’t bring an end to the ailments, however, as Ohlund had a minor procedure done to repair some damage to the articular cartilage on his right knee that had him walking around with a brace for a short time.

He downplayed the procedure just as he refuses to use those issues as any kind of an excuse for how his season unfolded.

“I wasn’t … I just had a bad year last year and obviously didn’t play the way I wanted to, but I have no excuses,” he said. “I’ve been around long enough to know that when you have a bad year, you walk around grumpy for a couple of weeks after the season and then you move on.

“I feel great now, I’m excited to be back here and I want to be a big part of getting this team back on the right path again.”

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Yzerman’s Moves Have Lightning Poised for Marked Improvement

In these early days of the Steve Yzerman era here in Tampa, the consensus opinion on his re-molding of the Lightning roster has been overwhelmingly positive.

He promised a methodical approach and got to work in just that fashion almost immediately, adding here, subtracting there and strengthening the overall product all the while.

Few onlookers, if any, have been unimpressed.

But what has been done under Yzerman to this point, until on-ice results can be considered, that is, has to be labeled with the age-old, “on paper” caveat.

Essentially, Yzerman has shed some dead wood, plugged a few holes, added much-needed depth in key areas and maybe, just maybe, found the spark to reignite his club’s captain’s once-dynamic career. And before we forget, he’s given the hottest young coaching commodity in the hockey world the task of leading these fortified troops to success.

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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Offense from the Defense

In my second statistical peek at the Southeast Division, I’ve grouped defensemen with their new clubs and will focus, this time, on offensive production from the blueline.

(Next up, we’ll re-visit the d-men from a different angle, including blocked shots, TOI and other specifics with less of an offensive emphasis.)

Remember, just as I did with the forwards, this is simply a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. And, as I said in that first piece, a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come… But not always!!!

It should also be noted, especially since I didn’t mention it with the forwards package, that rookies and European transfers (many of whom could certainly make a major impact, theoretically) are not part of this forecast.

Recall as well that for this analysis, currently unsigned, unrestricted free agents are not included, while those still unsigned but restricted are (save for Tampa’s Paul Ranger, an RFA that I have excluded intentionally, as I have little reason to believe he will return).

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It Was Time For Ohlund To Move On

from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

...the Canucks certainly weren’t even on the same planet when it came to the $26.25-million, seven-year deal the Bolts threw at Ohlund the second his free agency set in.

“It was clearly time for me to move on, and for the organization as well,” Ohlund said.

Nothing exposed the weakness of his game more than last spring’s Stanley Cup series against Chicago, in which the Blackhawks’ young guns blew by him like he was a pinwheel.

A big pinwheel, mind you, but looking stationary by comparison.

By his own admission, Ohlund is having a subpar season with the Lightning, but when it comes to his strengths he’s as effective as ever, knocking Christopher Higgins head over heels on Saturday night, dislocating Henrik Zetterber’s shoulder with a crunching body check in December.

“He’s a guy that in close space is really good, like in the corners stopping the cycles,” Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet said. “And he’s a good guy in the locker room.”

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Hit Of The Night- Ohlund On Kessel

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Questioning The Ohlund Contract

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

He’ll be 33 by the time training camp finishes this fall and when his agent began with an opening salvo of $5 million per for five years, Vancouver quickly determined he was too rich for their blood. It wasn’t fair to everyone else on his own team to pay that much.

But not Tampa. Not a team that sells $10 tickets and each year begs for NHL revenue sharing so that Vancouver fans, who so generously contribute to the fund, can shell out for such a team to take their better players. And take them at numbers which are so staggering, you’re left wondering about this league and the fairness of the collective bargaining agreement.

Ohlund’s deal begins with him making $4 million in the first two years, which is great, perhaps just about bang on where he should be, although the $2 million paid in signing bonus seems a bit over the top.

But then it turns into a pyramid, and Matty is mighty grateful to the Egyptians for conceiving of such a structure. At age 35, he’ll begin the third year at a cool $5.5 million and follow that up at 36 with another $5 million….

But here’s the kicker. How the hell do you agree to a contract structured so bizarrely 15 minutes into free agency without any tampering going on?

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Ohlund A Bolt

via Kevin Allen’s Twittter,

Tampa Bay signed Mattias Ohlund

added 12:19pm, via Tampa Bay Lightning official Twitter,

USA Today’s Kevin Allen is reporting the Lightning have signed defenseman Mattias Ohlund. No confirmation from the team.

added 12:22pm, Bob McKenzie of TSN confimed deal. 7yr deal $3.75M cap hit.

added 12:24pm, TSN link.

added 12:56pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Last year, the Tampa Bay Lightning were the stars of the opening day of the free-agent season – and ended up signing so many new players that they had ultimately had 18 forwards on one-way contracts by the time training camp opened.

This year, the Lightning were also first off the mark, signing ex-Canucks’ defenceman Mattias Ohlund to a new contract. The move was done strictly to help fellow Swede Victor Hedman, their 18-year-old first-round draft choice, adapt more easily to the NHL.

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Ohlund Talk Won’t Stop

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators could be stepping up their pursuit of defenceman Mattias Ohuld (Ohlund).

Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis and assistant Lawrence Gilman were on the list of scouts for last night’s Senators-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden and GM Bryan Murray hasn’t made any secret of the fact he’s looking for a puck-moving defenceman.

While the Gillis’ Canucks were playing across town on Long Island, it’s believed contract talks with Ohlund have been fruitless and if they continue to go nowhere, he might be asked to waive his no-movement clause to accept a deal elsewhere.

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Sens Linked To Ohlund

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators have been linked heavily to Vancouver D Mattias Ohlund, a potential unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. If he doesn’t sign an extension with the Canucks soon—and talk is there hasn’t been any discussions—then he could get moved.

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Ohlund Wants To Stay In Vancouver

from the CP via the Sporting News,

Ohlund sidestepped the question of whether he would waive his no-trade clause.

“I’ve never been asked,” he said. “As far as I know, I’ll be here.”

He could fetch a lucrative new deal with another team in the offseason, because many teams would covet his offensive prowess and defensive dependability.

While open to moving on, he is also willing to negotiate a new deal with Vancouver during the season.

Meanwhile, Ohlund’s more immediate concerns are to help the Canucks return to the playoffs—and rebound from one of the most difficult seasons in his career.

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Report- Ohlund Facing Surgery

from TSN,

CKNW in Vancouver reports that Mattias Ohlund did not accompany the team on its trip to Phoenix and has flown back home where the club is expected to announce that he will have surgery to remove bone chips in his knee.

The bone chips caused swelling and Ohlund was playing through it and was treating it with anti-inflammatory drugs.

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Game Alert- One Day Early

from the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks may start a three-game road trip in Edmonton tonight, but the focus is already on what’s shaping up as a grudge match Wednesday in Minnesota.

That would be the second half of a home-and-home series with the Wild, whom the Canucks drubbed 6-2 Friday at GM Place in a game that got very ugly. After a variety of elbows and chops, Canucks defenceman Mattias Ohlund two-handed Wild centre Mikko Koivu on the ankle, cracking a bone and earning himself a four-game suspension.

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Wrong Call On Ohlund

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

But we care not what Koivu did. You want to suspend Koivu for the elbow? Go ahead. Of course, it’s a moot point given that he has a broken leg.

Did we mention that? A broken leg. In the mind of NHL czar of discipline Colin Campbell, that equals four games or a paltry 5 percent of the season.

Given that Campbell went all soft on Randy Jones a couple of weeks ago by giving the Philadelphia defenseman just two games for a hit from behind that may have ended Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron’s season, four games seems just about right on the NHL’s sliding scale of mayhem.

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Four Games For Ohlund

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund has been suspended for four games, without pay, as a result of a slashing incident during NHL game #277 against the Minnesota Wild, Nov. 16.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Ohlund will forfeit $74,866.32. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 16:06 of the third period when Ohlund struck Minnesota player Mikko Koivu with a slash. He was assessed a slashing major and game misconduct. Koivu suffered a broken bone in his left leg on the play.

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Mikko Koivu Out With Cracked Fibula

via the Pioneer Press,

Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu has a cracked left fibula, non-displaced, and will miss about a week of action, a team spokesperson said Saturday night.

Koivu was injured when he was slashed by Vancouver’s Mattias Ohlund late in the the third period of the Wild’s 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ohlund was given a five-minute major. There was no word Saturday night on any possible discipline being handed out to Ohlund by the NHL.

added 10:16pm, You can watch the two-handed slash by Ohlund…

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Nastiness Between Minnesota & Vancouver

From Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,

If Mattias Ohlund is suspended, it would happen before tomorrow because Vancouver has a game.

It’ll be an interesting decision. After seeing the replay again more closely well after game, one wonders if league disciplinarian Colin Campbell will take into account Ohlund was reacting to Koivu’s attempted elbow.

I would think he would want to suspend him to perhaps keep Wednesdays rematch more civil and to also keep Ohlund safe.

Also, ill tell you what, after looking at Marian Gaborik’s elbow on Ryan Kesler again, he’s lucky he didn’t get a major. It was a leap at Kesler’s head.

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*More on this situation written by myself earlier today.

*Additional info on possible suspension time for Ohlund on Jason Botchford’s blog at The Province

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