Defenseman Brian Lee Suffers Setback, Requires Second Surgery

January 27, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Brian Lee (15) shoots the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately, we have some more bad news on the injury front for Tampa Bay Lightning fans. According to Syracuse.com, Lightning defenseman Brian Lee has suffered a setback in his journey back to the ice.

According to the site, Tampa Bay Lightning Assistant General Manager Julien BrisBois said that the 6’3” 200 pound defenseman has required a second surgery to repair his knee prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

As most of you will remember, the Moorhead, Minnesota native suffered the injury to his knee last season during the American Hockey League playoffs in Game 4 against the Springfield Falcons on May 17th, 2013.

He told the site that this was definitely not what they expected.

We did not expect this,” BriseBois said. “His knee wasn’t responding to the initial surgery (during the off-season) as well as expected. Additional work was required.”

At this point, they are holding out for a return this season, but there is no definitive timetable for his return.

This is just one of a string of injuries the Tampa Bay Lightning are battling this season. Losing people like Radko Gudas, Eric Brewer, and more are definitely not helping on the blue line.

Combine this with the loss of Steven Stamkos to a broken tibia and we’ve got ourselves quite a list of key injuries that are messing with the team chemistry.

Thankfully, the Bolts have found a way to overcome thus far, but with players dropping like flies as of late, one could be made to question how long the team can hold out at their current pace.

After not playing a single game this season, do you think that Brian Lee will be able to make it back this season, or do you think he’ll start fresh next season? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.

 

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Topics: Brian Lee, NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning

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