Lance Bouma Breaks Fibula, Out Three Months

Bad news, everyone!

Calgary Flames forward Lance Bouma is out three months with a broken fibula. The fibula is the smaller of the two major bones in the lower leg, but breaking it is a major injury. The earliest we’ll see him on the ice is likely mid-January.

Bouma emerged as an on-ice (and locker room) leader of the Flames last season, with his shot-blocking and ruggedness on the penalty kill – combined with some preposterously-strong shooting percentages – making him incredibly useful. Sadly, his season will functionally be cut in half; though hopefully he can provide the team with a boost when he returns.

The better news: at least it was “only” his left fibula and not a re-injury of his right knee. He missed the entirety of the 2012-13 season (save two AHL games) with surgery to two different knee ligaments.

  • CofRed4Life

    I don’t see how this can be seen as a loss. He grabbed the honours as having the worst contract on the team in the off-season. Tree blew it in my mind by not dealing him away.

      • everton fc

        Is that the same Byron who has 6 points in 3 games? ooops or is it the same Byron who can’t crack the Montreal lineup & hasn’t played a game yet? We are in big trouble if that’s the case.

          • Peplinski's Thunderbird

            Oh well that’s better, he’s only injured again. Funny, if he was injured here in Calgary, couldn’t the Flames have placed him on the injury reserve instead of waivers? Does that mean he got injured again in Montreal?

            Really, Byron is a replacement level winger that seems to be injured a lot & has cement hands. I liked Lombardi too but relieved when he finally moved on. Just sick of the Byron this & Byron that & we were so foolish to put him on waivers. I apologize now for having an opinion.

  • ClayBort

    For Bouma’s sake I’m really glad that it is the fibula, and not the knee again. Bones heal more predictably and it isn’t within the joint.

    (neither would be better, obviously)

    I hope we see Granlund now (why won’t they try him on the wing???) but I think we’ll see Hathaway.

    • everton fc

      Granlund comes up, Jooris to LW in Bouma’s place.

      Would love to see Agostino get a longer look, though.

      Hathaway plays RW. Bouma LW/Centre. Granlund, then Agostino seems to me the pecking order, with Jooris on the LW. Or they can give Hathaway a look on the right-side, Granlund at centre, Jooris on LW.

      You know, we were really rolling three lines at times, last evening. Particularly after Bouma went down.

  • supra steve

    Yes, wouldn’t everything just be wonderful if only we still had Paul Byron! (sarcasm)

    Paul was serviceable, but now that he’s not available, we may get to see one of the kids challenge for a full time roster spot. I like that option better.

  • everton fc

    With Booms out I hope we will see Bennett switch to LW for awhile. We need to get that 2nd line scoring.

    Gaudreau – Monahan – Hudler

    Bennett – Backlund – Frolik

    Ferland – Stajan – Jones

    Bollig – Jooris – Raymond

    • everton fc

      Here’s what I see:

      Gaudreau – Monahan – Hudler

      Raymond – Bennett/Granlund – Frolik

      Ferland – Stajan – Jones

      Bollig/Jooris – Backlund/Granlund – Jooris/Hathaway

      We shall see…

      As for Byron, lets move on. Bring up Agostino.

    • Peplinski's Thunderbird

      I may be in the minority on this, but jokes aside, I actually don’t think that’s a bad idea. Glencross has lost a step for sure, but can he really be worse than Bolling or Jones?

  • beloch

    Maybe Treliving could convince Montreal to give Byron back, given that he’d undoubtedly play in Bouma’s place now, while Montreal has yet to let Byron suit up for a game.