Sami Salo has wrist surgery, likely to retire

Sami Salo's wrist surgery could lead to retirement for the 40-year-old. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

Sami Salo was still holding out for a comeback. The 15-year NHL veteran was dealing with a wrist injury that was preventing him from getting a contract for the 2014-15 season. Now, his future is uncertain after he had surgery on the wrist.

Dan Murphy on Twitter: “Hearing Sami Salo, who still resides in TB, just had wrist surgery. Probably the end of the line for the former #Canucks #lightning d-man.”

Salo played 71 games for the Lightning last season and scored 17 points. He also played six games for Finland at the Olympics, winning a bronze medal. He turned 40 in September and is coming off a two-year deal with the Lightning that paid him $3.75 million against the salary cap.

The oft-injured defenceman has played 878 career NHL games with Ottawa, Vancouver and Tampa Bay.

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