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.
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.