BRANDON — Anders Lindback's precamp debut was a short one, as the Lightning goaltender on Thursday took only a few shots before leaving the ice to work out in the gym.
Seeing him later with a small bandage on his right knee prompted even more questions about his readiness for Sunday's opening of training camp.
"Everything is well," Lindback said. "I haven't been on the ice for a while, so I want to get into it a little slowly."
Lindback, 24, was hurt Dec. 18 when hit by a puck while practicing with Ilves Tampere in Tampere, Finland, where he played during the lockout.
The cut required six stitches, which were removed Dec. 28.
"We're just being a little cautious," Lindback said, adding the knee has no pain or limitations. "I'm just going to take it really slowly now and make sure everything is in place to be able to play as soon as possible."
He was expected to skate today. For how long? We'll see.
TRAINING CAMP: The Lightning will skate Sunday and Monday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, then move to Germain Arena in Estero for workouts Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Camp ends with a Jan. 18 practice at the Times Forum.
Practices are free and open to the public. Times have not been announced. Activities include a FanFest-type event Sunday and a Jan. 18 autograph session and free lunch, courtesy of the team.
The decision to move camp to Estero — home of Tampa Bay's ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades — is not without worry it will alienate fans grumpy over the 113-day lockout. But W Marty St. Louis said a short camp heightens the need for team bonding and called the move "the right thing to do."
"We're trying to do what's best for the team to get as much success as early on as we can," St. Louis said. "That's one way to give back to the fans, getting wins. At the end of the day, I think they'll understand that."
ODDS AND ENDS: F Kyle Wilson, the last non minor-leaguer not in Brandon, was expected to skate today. … GM Steve Yzerman said fewer than 30 players will be in camp.