Vinny might need surgery; out of WC
Kent Hughes, agent for Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier, said Friday his client might need surgery on his left wrist in the offseason and at the very least almost certainly will not play in the spring's World Championships.
Hughes said no final determination has yet been made yet on the wrist he said underwent an arthroscopic procedure last summer to clean up "loose ends,'' and that he suspects the diagnosis for the immediate end of the season will be to "rest it and see how it reacts.''
Lecavalier, 27, has followed up a breakout season in 2006-07, in which he scored 52 goals and won the Rocket Richards Trophy, with a less-spectacular, though workman-like season. He scored his 40th goal Thursday night against the Penguins to become the first Lightning player to twice score at least 40. He is one point short of a second straight season with at least 90 points and one point short of his 600th NHL point.
"I've said it a million times, I'm lucky to play with the wingers I do,'' said Lecavalier, who has eight goals in his past six games and is playing with wings Marty St. Louis and Jussi Jokinen. "It helps when you have smart wingers. I keep shooting and sometimes you get on a role like that. But it's all about confidence and right now it's going well, I guess, with that.''
Hughes said the painful wrist is something Lecavalier "has had to deal with,'' and it is often that the native of Ile Bizard, Quebec, has the wrist iced after games, though Lecavalier always has maintained it was just part of the normal "bumps and bruises'' of a season.