Gratton needs surgery
Center Chris Gratton will have surgery next week to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. There is no timetable for his return, the team said, but at this point in the season and with the team out of the playoffs, doesn't make any sense to rush him back, so figure he's out for the rest of the season.
The release issued by the team said Gratton sustained the injury in November. He said Wednesday he was injured in December. Not that it matters, really.
Forward Junior Lessard was called up from AHL Norfolk. He has 16 goals, including seven on the power play, and 36 points in 55 AHL games with Norfolk and Iowa. He was acquired by the Lightning from the Stars for Dan Jancevski. Lessard has six goals and 15 points in 19 games with Norfolk.
Other tidbits from today's practice: Defenseman Filip Kuba (right knee) sat out. ... Left wing Andre Roy missed practice to be with wife, Karine, who was having the couple's second child. ... The team spent almost the entire hour working on the power play that was pathetic Wednesday, going 1-for-7 in the 3-2 loss to the Wild.
Just FYI: The face on the side of the mask Mike Smith wore for the Stars, and which he wore Wednesday, is of Garth Brooks. Smith said he has been a long-time fan. He said Brooks did a private concert for the Stars a while back. Smith said he and Brooks got to be kind-of friends and Brooks once gave him a guitar. He put Brooks on the mask as a "tribute.'' Smith said he does not have much of an idea yet what his design will be on his Lightning mask. "Maybe some lightning,'' he said.