Lightning backup Olie Kolzig will have surgery on Saturday to repair a ruptured distal biceps tendon in his left forearm. The surgery will be performed in Washington by orthopedist Ben Shaffer, a Capitals team physician who treated Kolzig when he played in Washington. Lightning head trainer Tommy Mulligan said Kolzig will be out three to four months. Unless Tampa Bay makes the playoffs, his season is over.
Kolzig told Tampa beat writer Damian Cristodero: "There's a lot of doubt for my future as far as hockey goes."
If this was his final season in the NHL, it was a tough way to go out. Kolzig has played in just 410 minutes this season (6.8 games) and has a 3.66 goals-against average and .898 save percentage. He'll be 39 in early April and won't likely have many suitors this summer.
Hopefully there's an off-ice role with the Capitals for him in the near future.