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Olie Kolzig out for the year

Posted Jan 28, 2009 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Jan 28, 2009 at 03:28 PM

BRANDON - Lightning goaltender Olie Kolzig will miss the remainder of the season, the team announced on Wednesday.

Kolzig will undergo surgery on Saturday in Washington to repair a rupture biceps tendon in his left arm. Kolzig has not played since Dec. 13 in Montreal and has spent the past month trying to rehab the injury.

A first MRI performed before Christmas showed a strain, but the situation did not heal and a second MRI done during the All-Star break showed a more than 50 percent tear, which is considere a rupture, according to team trainer Tom Mulligan.

Mulligan said Kolzig’s injury is similar to that suffered by New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur earlier this season. The recovery process, according to Mulligan, takes three to four months.

Kolzig said after practice today that he is not ready at this point to make a decision on what his future might hold, but indicated it’s in his mind right now whether or not he wants to try a comeback next season. He will do his rehab in Tampa and stay around the team for the remainder of the season. Kolzig will discuss his future with his family in the summer before deciding anything about next season.

In a move that is unrelated, the team is expected to send down Karri Ramo on Thursday so he can begin serving a six-game suspension for leaving the bench and getting involved in an altercation at the end of a game over the weekend. The Lightning will bring up former first-round pick Riku Helenius to serve as the backup to Mike Smith until Ramo’s suspension is served, which will be Feb. 8. After that point, Ramo is expected to be called back up and spend the rest of the season with the Lightning. 

Reader Comments

Por (WilliamL) on January 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Too bad about Kolzig.  Thankfully we have a horse in Smith, so hopefully we won’t need much backup presence.

Any word or thoughts on deals before trade deadline?  There’s of course the Vinny rumor (which I hope does not happen).  I also heard a rumor that Stamkos is being shopped. While such a move may be premature, if enough value can be obtained, I’m open to the idea. What about a Stamkos for Bouwmeester deal, provided we could negotiate an extension, as I don’t think we’re in a position to rent a player for this season.  I would love to see JB in a Lightning uni.

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Por (Katya) on January 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Well, I’d rather lose Steven than Vinny but thank GOD for SMITTY!
I guess this is the last we will see of Kolzig though.

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Por (Justin) on January 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Wouldn’t that be embarrassing to deal a No.1 overall pick halfway through his first nhl season ever? It’s not happening and I don’t know why anyone would even feel compelled to mention it. At this point if Vinny were on the move, he’d be gone already, if anyone takes his contract with the new salary cap next season then they are fools.

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Por (IRockTheRed) on January 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Very sorry to hear about this injury to Kolzig.  Loved him when he played for the Caps, and was sorry to see him go at the end of last season… Poor guy, though.  That’s gotta hurt!

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Por (Hi Stick) on January 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Olie was a class act in DC, on and off the ice. Very sorry to see him possibly end his career with an event like this. I wish him well…

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Por (Katya) on January 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Why Karri Ramo was suspended for SIX games??

Thank you!

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Por (Just an Olie fan) on January 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

there go’s any trips to Tampa! Get well Olie.

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Por (JK) on January 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

The Stamkos rumor is NY Post tripe. How in the heck is a rupture diagnosed initially as a strain, give me a break. Hats off to you Oli for trying to rehab a rupture, I’ve had a minor tear and I couldn’t curl 5 lbs.

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Por (JK) on January 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Katya get in the game, read above, leaving the bench.

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Por (Katya) on January 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Thank you JK, I missed that somehow:)  Goalie fight! yeah!

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Por (Brittany) on January 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Thanks for the update Erik. Don’t know where I got Downie in my email I sent you earlier, must have just been making things up.

Too bad I missed out on this goalie fight! Those are always the best.

Get well soon Olie. You have always been one of my favorites (except when you would shut the Lightning out back in the day!).

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Por (Ruthe) on January 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Sorry to hear about Kolzig but am glad Helenius got the call up.  I have been following his career since he was in Finland.  He played pretty good for the Seattle Thunderbirds (22-12 with a .915%). Big goalie, 6’3”, 205 lbs. No NHL experience and still only 20 years old. Good interview with him on Youtube when he played with Seattle.

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Por (FedorovtheGreat) on January 28, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Sorry to hear about Olie.  He is one of the classiest guys to ever play the game and we still love him here in the District.  Can’t wait to see 37 up in the raftors in the next couple years at the Phone Booth. 

BTW—Tampa blows, go Caps!

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Por (Billy Boy) on January 29, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Love Olie for his time in DC. Too bad the caps treated him so bad at the end of last year. He was the face of the team for many years and the cpas just gave up on him. What a discrace.

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Por (Stephen Spear) on January 29, 2009 (Suggest removal)

We still love you in DC Olie. And I agree it is a shame how he was treated here at the end of last year. Get well soon Zilla.


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Por (Callie) on January 29, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Get well soon, Zilla!

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