Lightning lose Radko Gudas for extended period after knee surgery

Defenseman Radko Gudas had two goals and three assists in 31 games prior to his injury.

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning received bad injury news Tuesday: Defenseman Radko Gudas will be out about four months with a right knee injury.

Gudas, 24, had arthroscopic knee surgery performed Tuesday morning, and a determination was made about his status after the operation. With the Lightning about to complete a four-game road trip, he returned to Tampa before the Lightning beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2.

If the timetable stands, Gudas could possibly return this season if the Lightning make a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The native of Prague, Czech Republic, hurt the knee after an awkward collision with the boards in a victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 29 at Amalie Arena. He hasn’t played since and has missed three games in the process. 

This has been a difficult campaign health-wise for Gudas. He has also dealt with an unrelated lower-body injury and a stomach virus this season.

Gudas has two goals and three assists in 31 games in the 2014-15 campaign. Last Wednesday, the Lightning promoted defenseman Nikita Nesterov from the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch.

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