Tampa Bay Lightning
defenseman Mattias Ohlund
underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees Tuesday in Tampa. The procedure was performed by team medical director Dr. Ira Guttentag.
The Lightning say Ohlund will be out indefinitely and will begin the rehabilitation process in the near future. He was placed on injured reserve before the start of the season after feeling discomfort in his knees during the preseason. He missed time at the start of last season with knee problems but played in 72 regular-season games and all 18 of the Lightning's playoff games.
"He was showing a little bit of improvement," GM Steve Yzerman
told the Tampa Tribune. "But he said it just didn't feel right and figured that if he was going to be out a little bit, let's take that time and use it as wisely as possible, clean up whatever is in there irritating. So maybe he's out a little bit longer, but he should feel better when he does come back."
Yzerman said the timetable for Ohlund's return depends on his progress, but is likely to take four to six weeks.
Ohlund, 35, has played 909 regular-season games in his 13 seasons in the NHL -- he joined the Lightning in 2009-10 after 11 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks