Tough times in Tampa’s goal with Lindback out, Bishop questionable


Tampa Bay will want to erase all memories of Thursday’s 5-3 loss in Ottawa, and not just because of the scoreline.

The Bolts lost both of their of goalies against the Sens — Ben Bishop, who left less than two minutes in after colliding with Nikita Kucherov and Anders Lindback, who was hurt while getting tangled up with Cory Conacher.

Here’s the latest on the pair, from the Tampa Bay Times:

The Bolts next play on Saturday in a matinee (1 p.m. ET) against Montreal. After that, the club has three games remaining until the Olympic break (against Minnesota, Toronto and Detroit) before getting some much-needed rest between Feb. 9-25.

If Tampa Bay needs to call up a goalie it’ll likely be Cedrick Desjardins, who appeared in three games for the club last season.

Update: Lindback’s injury could be serious. According to the Tampa Tribune, he felt a “pop” in his ankle, the same one that gave him issues last season and saw him miss 14 games.

Derek Roy signs in Swiss league

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Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.

Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.

The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.

A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.

Lehner’s injury ‘doesn’t look like it’s short term’

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Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.

Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.

When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.

“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”

It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.

While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.