Lecavalier to have surgery on injured shoulder
The Lightning announced Saturday that star center Vinny Lecavalier will undergo surgery, likely in the next seven to 10 days, to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder that was dislocated during Thursday's game with the Capitals.
The delay in the timing of the procedure is so that swelling in the shoulder can be reduced. The Lightning said it expects a 12- to 15-week recovery process, which would mean Lecavalier will be ready for next season's training camp.
Lecavalier could not be reached for comment, but the Lightning released this statement:
"While I'm disappointed to be facing surgery at this time, I'm looking forward to working hard during the summer to be ready for training camp in September,'' Lecavalier said. "I'm luck to have good people like Lightning athletic trainers Jason Serbus and Tommy Mulligan around to help me through the process. I'm confident I'm in good hands.'
Tortorella softened a bit his view of the hit by Washington's Matt Cooke that was thrown when Lecavalier did not have the puck. Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau has said Cooke, who was fined $2,500 for the hit, was trying to check Michel Ouellet when Lecavalier got in the way.
"I don't think it was a vicious hit, and I certainly don't think he was trying to hurt him,'' Tortorella said. "But (Lecavalier) was in a vulnerable position, didn't see it coming, didn't have the puck. I wonder what would have happened if we were in a playoff run and something like that happened?''
Other stuff from this morning: With Lecavalier out, the lines that will start the game were interesting. Jeff Halpern centered for Marty St. Louis and Mathieu Darch; Jussi Jokinen was between Michel Ouellet and Jason Ward; Craig MacDonald centered for Nick Tarnasky and Junior Lessard; Andreas Karlsson was between Doug Janik and Karl Stewart. ... How far is Andre Roy in coach John Tortorella's doghouse when, with a lineup spot open, he goes to Stewart instead of Roy? Seems like Andrea's time in Tampa is just about over. ... Shane O'Brien, too, was a healthy scratch. Keep an eye on his situation over the summer. With Alex Picard already penciled into a spot for next season, it may come down to how much confidence the team has in Matt Smaby's development or if Mike Lundin needs some minor league time to determine if O'Brien is still wanted or could be used as trade bait. ... Tortorella said Smaby had a rough outing against the Capitals but has overall improved and is playing a much more physical style, which they like. ... Captain Tim Taylor skated at the morning workout, his last time on the ice as a Lightning player. The center, who missed the entire season because of preseason hip surgery, is calling it quits after 13 seasons and Stanley Cup titles in 2004 with the Lightning and 1997 with the Red Wings. Taylor said it was the right thing to do, but still regrets not playing in Saturday's game, something Tortorella gave him the option to do. "I'll never be on the ice as a player again,'' Taylor said. "That's tough.'' ...