Surgery for Tampa Bay Lightning LW Stephane Veilleux rescheduled for Thursday
The surgery on Stephane Veilleux's right shoulder to correct a cyst, a nerve impingement and, perhaps, a torn labrum was rescheduled for Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic, said Allan Walsh, agent for the Tampa Bay Lightning left wing.
The question of who will pay for the surgery -- the Lightning's insurance policy or Veilleux's insurance through the NHL Players Association -- has gotten contentious with the Players Association expected to file a grievance by Friday. Tampa Bay contends the injury is not hockey related. If that is the case, it would shift the cost to Veilleux's insurance.
Veilleux played 77 of 82 games last season and was not treated for a shoulder problem, as far as can be determined. The impingement of the suprascapular nerve also is an injury more consistent with athletes who engage in repetitive overhead motions such as serving a volleyball, throwing a ball and swimming. Veilleux, it should be noted, is an avid tennis player, a sport which also requires repetitive overhead motion.
Walsh said it does not matter that Veilleux plays tennis because he said the Lightning determined, after a training-camp physical, that his client was healthy, which puts the responsibility to pay on Tampa Bay. Lightning medical director Ira Guttentag discoverd the injury during a postseason physical the day after the regular-season ended.
Veilleux, 28, had three goals, nine points and 48 penalty minutes. Signed to a one-year deal last summer, he will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.