Erik Erlendsson covers the Tampa Bay Lightning for The Tampa Tribune.
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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.