10 October 2011
According to Lightning Strikes, Ohlund is getting arthroscopic surgery on both his knees and is expected to miss 1-2 months.
Quote via Lightning Strikes:
"We missed him the first month and a half of the year (last season), and it looks like we're going to miss him for the first month and a half, two months of the year," Boucher said. "So it hurts because what it does, we have to put (Victor) Hedman against the top lines, not that he can't do the job, he's been our best defenceman. It asks a lot of other guys that are not really in some of the spots (they) should be in...
"All I know is we've got a guy that plays against the top lines that we don't have. And you can't replace that. It' really puts a major hole in you're lineup and we've got a major hole in our lineup.Some of you may be jumping for joy about not seeing Ohlund in the line-up for a while, but I think this will be a huge loss to the team. The defence is already pretty weak, and although he may be slowing down, Ohlund is still a solid defenceman. He is able to take pressure off of the other pairings as he can be matched up against top lines of the opposing teams. As Puck Daddy points out, Ohlund was a huge part of why our penalty killing was so good in the playoffs.
As Boucher points out, this means that Hedman will be matched up instead as he has been with Brewer over the last two games. The major implication is not on Hedman skating more minutes but on players in the bottom pairing playing more minutes, and have you seen Gilroy skate out there?