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Tampa Bay Lightning and Stephane Veilleux settle differences without a grievance

The agent for Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Stephane Veilleux said on Friday that the team has agreed to cover his client's medical bills, and no grievance will be filed by the NHL Players Association.

Veilleux, 28, had what agent Allan Walsh called successful surgery Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic to repair a cyst, nerve impingement and a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The Lightning had disputed the injury was hockey related. That is the bar set by the collective bargaining agreement for teams to pay.

The bill, which Walsh estimated will be about $15,000 when rehab is included, will be covered by the Lightning's insurance. Had Tampa Bay proved its case, the bill would have gone to Veilleux's private insurance through the Players Association.

"We had conversations with Tampa (Thursday)," Walsh said. "They have accepted financial responsibility for Stephane Veilleux's surgery and rehab, and the matter is resolved to all parties satisfaction, and it's over."

"We are glad this was amicably resolved," Lightning spokesman Bill Wickett said.

Tampa Bay's main contention seemed to be with the impingement of the suprascapular nerve, an injury more consistent with athletes who engage in repetitive overhead motions. Veilleux is an avid tennis player. He also played 77 of 82 games last season and was not, as far as can be determined, ever treated for a shoulder problem.

The beef is over, though, and Veilleux, who Walsh said will need three to four months of rehab, can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

[Last modified: Sunday, June 13, 2010 12:15am]


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