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Norfolk G Cedrick Desjardins will get a second opinion on injured right shoulder before decision



The Tampa Bay Lightning had hoped to have a decision on Wednesday concerning the injured right shoulder of Norfolk goaltender Cedrick Desjardins. But Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said Desjardins, who was in town to consult with Lightning medical director Ira Guttentag and head athletic trainer Tommy Mulligan, will fly back to Norfolk to get another opinion.

The questions:

Is the injury new or an aggravation of an old one? Yzerman declined to be more specific but it is known Desjardins had a labrum tear earlier in his career. What is the best remedy? Surgery is a possibility but the injury also could be treated with rehab. If rehab, Desjardins could play again this season.

"We'll get this taken care of. We'll make the right decision," Yzerman said. "It will just take a little longer."

Whatever happens, it is too bad for Desjardins, 25, who was so impressive in two Lightning victories and is 14-6-1 with a 2.56 goals-against average and .906 save percentage for the Admirals.

"He played two very good games for us," Yzerman said. "Very quick. He moves well in net. We're hoping we can get this straightened out and he's an NHL goaltender in the future."

[Last modified: Friday, March 4, 2011 12:15am]


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