Lightning D Boyle to undergo second surgery on wrist

Nov 6, 2007 - 7:45 PM TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will be without defenseman Dan Boyle longer than originally expected.

Boyle will need a second surgery on his injured left wrist and be will be sidelined indefinitely, the team announced Tuesday.

Boyle underwent an operation to repair three torn tendons September 23 and originally was expected to miss between four and six weeks. But Boyle, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, needs more surgery and recovery time.

"The MRI on Dan Boyle's surgically-repaired left wrist showed that two of the three tendons severed on September 22 have not properly healed and that additional surgery will be required," Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said in a statement. "Dan will be consulting with a number of hand and wrist specialists recommended to him by the Lightning medical staff, after which he will be scheduled for additional surgery on his wrist.

"Dan will be out of the Lightning line-up indefinitely. We will release further information regarding the surgery and Dan's recovery and rehabilitation once it becomes available."

Boyle, who was second in goals among defensemen last season, suffered the injury on September 22 during a freak locker room accident when a skate fell off a hook in his locker and cut his wrist, completely severing the tendons.

The 31-year-old Boyle scored 20 goals and recorded 43 assists, finishing fourth in points among defensemen in 82 games last season.

The first surgery was performed by Dr. Ira Guttentag and hand specialist Dr. Richard Gray at University Community Hospital.

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