Ranger, Meszaros to have shoulder surgeries
The Lightning's top two defensemen -- Paul Ranger and Andrej Meszaros -- both will undergo surgery on their left shoulders to repair torn labrums, the team announced.
Ranger has missed 12 games during the season with the injury, including the past four games. Meszaros has been out since being run over during a Feb. 4 game in Pittsburgh by Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.
The surgeries are scheduled for March 3. Both will be done in Birmingham, Ala., by noted orthopedist James Andrews, who operated on Ranger and Vinny Lecavalier last spring for torn labrums in their right shoulders. That means its a second straight summer of rehab for Ranger. Both players are expected to be fully healed in six months, meaning they should be ready for training camp.
"Paul has been playing with his injury for the majority of the season and he missed games on several occasions because of it," GM Brian Lawton said in a release. "For both players we feel it is important to get the shoulders repaired so they can be fully recovered and ready to go at the start of training camp."
Coach Rick Tocchet was asked this morning if goaltender Mike Smith, who has missed seven games with a concussion, might also be shut down for the season. He said things were not at that point yet.