MONTREAL – Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas will undergo surgery on his right knee on Tuesday and be out for an undetermined amount of time, the team announced on Monday.
Gudas will have an arthroscopic procedure performed by team physician Ira Guttentag in Tampa. After the surgery, an exact timeline for Gudas’ return will be established, the team said.
Gudas was injured on Dec. 29 against Toronto when he fell awkwardly into the boards. Gudas skated briefly on Wednesday in Buffalo and took part in practice on Thursday in Pittsburgh, but has not been on the ice since.
The 24-year-old was sent back to Tampa on Sunday and underwent an examination Monday afternoon, when it was determined that surgery was required.
In 31 games this season, Gudas has two goals and five points to go with 34 penalty minutes and a minus-5 rating.
With Gudas out, general manager Steve Yzerman plans to keep rookie Nikita Nesterov up for the time being. But the team might consider adding a right-handed defenseman, Yzerman said. Luke Witkowski, Matt Corrente, Dylan Blujus and Jake Dotchin are the right-handed defensemen with affiliate Syracuse in the American Hockey League.