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Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Wayne Fleming expected to be released from California hospital



Lightning assistant coach Wayne Fleming, recovering from brain cancer surgery, is expected this weekend to be released from a California hospital and return to the Tampa Bay area.

Fleming, 61, who had surgery in April, also had chemotherapy and radiation treatments and has been rehabbing in the hospital’s therapy center to regain his motor skills.

 Lightning GM Steve Yzerman reiterated Friday Fleming has a job waiting for him (though it is unclear if Fleming will be able to resume his duties anytime soon) and said he has no plans to hire a replacement to join assistants Dan Lacroix and Marty Raymond.

“Wayne’s contributions to the coaching staff will be determined by his health and will be at his discretion,” Yzerman said. “We welcome any participation Wayne feels ready for.”

[Last modified: Saturday, August 27, 2011 12:15am]


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