More on Lecavalier's wrist surgery
If you recall, Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier was supposed to have the surgery done last year. But his injury to his right shoulder that required arthroscopic surgery had to be done and Lecavalier did not want, or need, to be rehabbing two surgeries on the same arm at the same time.
Lecavalier said several times during the season that the wrist was not affecting his play and he could live with whatever discomfort was there. But GM Brian Lawton said the wrist was aggravated the past week or so, and Friday's surgery was scheduled after Tuesday's game with the Bruins, the fifth straight game Lecavalier played without a point.
"I think it definitely affected a lot of things he did," Lawton said. "He's not a complainer by nature, but I think it bothered him more than people know."
Lecavalier, who did not practice in New Jersey on Thursday because he already had left for Philadelphia, where the procedure will be performed by orthopedist A. Lee Osterman at the Philadelphia Hand center, declined an interview request. Osterman performed surgery on Lecavalier's left wrist after the 2006-07 season to fix the triangular fibro cartilage.
No specifics were available about what Friday's surgery entails, but it is believed a cartilage cleanup. Lecavalier, who played all 77 games this season, is expected to be in a cast two weeks and be back on the ice using a stick in four to six weeks.
The timetable effectively removes Lecavalier from consideration for Canada's world championship team. He is expected to attend an August camp for Canada's 2010 Olympic squad, meaning he should be fine for the start of next season's training camp.
"He's going to be 100 percent," Lawton said. "He'll be ready to go and back to being the player we all know and love."
It's been a tough season for the four-time All-Star, who has 29 goals and 67 points, his lowest output since 2001-02. He also went five games without a point to end his season. But Lawton said the wrist was flaring.
"He was never banging on my door that he couldn't (play)," Lawton said. "He certainly was giving it his all."
More stuff: Defensemen Richard Petiot and Matt Smaby are questionable for Friday's game with the Devils. Petior seemed to fall hard on his left shoulder during a fight Tuesday with Byron Bitz. Smaby left Thursday's practice early. His game Tuesday was his first after missing one with a lower-body injury. ... Forward Paul Szczechura, who has missed four games with a leg injury, is about ready to play. ... Lawton said there likely won't be any call-ups for Friday's game with the Devils but "one or two guys" might be up from AHL Norfolk "soon." ... The fourth-round pick Tampa Bay sent to the Maple Leafs in the Petiot deal was forfeited by Toronto as part of the punishment for its mishandling of Jonas Frongren's contract. The Leafs also paid the league a $500,000 fine. The pick simply vanishes.