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Former Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Wayne Cashman "better every day" after surgery



The Tampa Bay Lightning family got some welcome news this week when former assistant coach Wayne Cashman came out of major surgery with flying colors.

"I'm feeling better every day," Cashman said from his Ocala home. "I have to force myself to rest for a couple more weeks and I'll be fine."

Cashman, 66, had the four-hour procedure Tuesday at Ocala's Munroe Regional Medical Center to repair a hernia that had its roots in a colon resection he had last year. Cashman said his stomach muscle, which was cut into during the resection,l "never got strong enough to hold my stomach and it just split. They had to go in and put a screen on the front of my stomach."

Cashman, who played his entire 17-year NHL career with the Bruins, was a Lightning assistant from 1992-96, and then went on to assistant jobs with the Sharks, Flyers (where he also was head coach for 61 games in 1997-98) and Bruins.

"It went well," Cashman said of his surgery. "It seems like it's coming along well. It's just a matter of rest now and letting it heal."

Other stuff from the Lightning's morning skate: Left wing Ryan Malone is back in the lineup tonight against the Devils after missing four games with an upper-body injury. "He's pretty much irreplaceable," coach Guy Boucher said. "He does it all. He plays power play, plays penalty kill. He's our best screener in front of the net with Vinny (Lecavalier), and he brings size and physicality. That's not something we necessarily have much of. He intimidates the opponent and he's so tough physically and mentally it has a major effect on the player on the bench and in the (locker) room." ... With Malone back, forward Blair Jones and defenseman Bruno Gervais are scratched. ... As expected, Dwayne Roloson is in net. Roloson is 4-0-0 with a 1.46 goals against average and .945 save percentage in his past four starts at home. ... Defenseman Mattias Ohlund, with a red no-contact jersey, skated with the team for the first time since his Oct. 11 knee surgeries. "It's a first step," Ohlund said. "There's a ways to go." Boucher was optimistic, though, saying Ohlund was "close" and then characterizing that as perhaps one to two weeks but perhaps a little longer. Either way, that Ohlund was back with the team "is huge for us," Boucher said. ... Boucher on the Devils: "They've got a past of winners and you carry that for a long time, so you're not going to get this team quitting, that's for sure." ... Expect to see a lot of Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, who leads all forwards in the league with an average 25:14 of ice time. ... The Lightning has won six straight at home, where it is 6-1-0.  

[Last modified: Monday, December 19, 2011 12:28am]


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