SUNRISE – Defenseman Bryan Allen will undergo knee surgery Monday in Colorado and will be out indefinitely, said Panther GM Jacques Martin early Friday evening.
Allen, who missed the previous four games, will have the cartilage surgery done in Vail.
“He’s going to be out indefinitely,” Martin said.
Allen had arthroscopic surgery over the off-season to clean out “loose bodies” in the knee. While he missed time during training camp, Allen played the first two games of the season. He logged 24:00 in the opener Oct. 10 in Carolina and 30:22 in the Panthers’ overtime victory Oct. 11 against the Thrashers. It was after the game against the Thrashers Allen complained of swelling in the knee.
With Allen and Bryan McCabe (back) both out of the lineup, Martin was asked if he would attempt to bring back Jassen Cullimore.
“Right now we’ve got seven D here,” he said. “If we can, that’s maybe a possibility.” Martin said he’s talked to Cullimore’s agent “several times.”
Martin added that McCabe continues to improve and work off ice. He said McCabe will likely start skating next week.