Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lecavalier foot injury a fracture

Vinny Lecavalier’s injury is a minor fracture in his left foot; he won’t be with the Lightning on its upcoming three-game road trip.


Vinny Lecavalier’s injury is a minor fracture in his left foot; he won’t be with the Lightning on its upcoming three-game road trip.

TAMPA — Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier will not accompany the team on its three-game road trip through Canada while nursing what is believed a minor fracture in his left foot.

The team and Lecavalier only said he has a lower-body injury.

"Definitely disappointing," said the center, who was hurt March 12 when he collided with Panthers D Erik Gudbrandon. The injury apparently is near or at the bone bruise he has played with since Feb. 2, when hit by a deflected slap shot from teammate Sami Salo.

"A little bit of a waiting game," Lecavalier added, "and then work out hard and be ready to play."

Lecavalier could be out up to three weeks, GM Steve Yzerman has said. Using that timetable, Lecavalier would return April 2 at home against Florida.

When he does, he might wear some extra padding.

Lecavalier, who last season missed 18 games with a broken hand caused by an opponent's shot, said he will consider wearing double padding in his gloves and polypropylene-graphite composite shot-blockers on the outside of his skates.

If not this season, "I'll think about it this summer," he said.

In the meantime, Lecavalier and wife Caroline have their third child, newborn Amelia, at home to keep them busy.

"It takes your mind off (the injury) a little bit," Lecavalier said. "When I go home I can kind of get away from it, I guess."

200: C Steven Stamkos became the fourth-youngest NHL player to reach 200 goals when he scored an empty-netter against the Flyers with three seconds remaining.

Stamkos, at 23 years, 41 days, was older than only Wayne Gretzky, who reached 200 goals at 21 years, 256 days; Mario Lemieux (22 years, 148 days); and Dale Hawerchuk (22 years, 266 days).

"I don't think it's a huge milestone but it's nice," Stamkos said. "It wasn't a highlight reel goal by any means, but we'll take that."

WISE WORDS: RW Dana Tyrell said it would have been easy in February to pout when demoted to AHL Syracuse. But advice from Lightning teammates Marty St. Louis and Nate Thompson kept him focused.

"If I have to go down I have to go down swinging and do my best to get back up," to the NHL, Tyrell said was the word he got. "They told me to go down fighting and take it kind of like a conditioning stint and get your confidence back. That's what I did."

"He's still a young guy. He's got a lot of hockey ahead of him," Thompson said. "I told him to stay positive, go down there and make the best of it."

Tyrell, 23, had five goals and eight points in 15 games for the Crunch. He has an assist and is plus-2 in two games since his return to Tampa Bay, playing on a line with C Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat.

"I just told him keep fighting," St. Louis said. "Don't feel sorry for yourself."

ODDS AND ENDS: Flyers D Kimmo Timonen turned 38 and played his 1,000th NHL game. … Flyers and former Lightning LW Ruslan Fedotenko was honored as part of Tampa Bay's 20th anniversary celebration. … Lightning D Matt Carle played his 500th NHL game. … Defensemen Brian Lee and Marc-Andre Bergeron, and RW Pierre-Cedric Labrie were scratched.

Lecavalier foot injury a fracture 03/18/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 12:28am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Hard to believe NFL overtime change is about player safety


    If someone's house was engulfed in flames, would you hand him a fire extinguisher?

    Of course not.

    Fans await the beginning of overtime between the Patriots and Falcons in Super Bowl LI in February. [Associated Press]
  2. Muslim faith greater than fear for Wharton's Rania Samhouri (w/video)


    TAMPA — Rania Samhouri graduated Monday night from Wharton High School, and many times throughout the ceremony she flashed back to a moment that changed her life.

     Rania Samhouri stretches after track practice on Monday April 24, 2017 at Wharton High School in Tampa, Florida. Rania, who is Muslim, recently started wearing her hijab during track competitions. She graduates from Wharton this year and will attend University of South Florida on scholarship next year.
  3. Bucs' Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return


    TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  4. NCAA: Former USF basketball assistant gave improper benefits


    TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

  5. Back to .500, Rays feel ready to roll (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Who wants to be mediocre? Middling? Average? Run-of-the-mill?

    Rays catcher Jesus Sucre tags out the Angels’ Mike Trout trying to score from second base after a perfect peg from rightfielder Steven Souza Jr. in the first inning.