Make us your home page
Instagram

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis considering wearing visor after puck fractures face

This could end up being an image from the last game Marty St. Louis played without a visor, Dec. 6 vs. the Islanders. Two days later he was hit in the face by a puck at a morning skate.

Getty Images

This could end up being an image from the last game Marty St. Louis played without a visor, Dec. 6 vs. the Islanders. Two days later he was hit in the face by a puck at a morning skate.

Marty St. Louis said he will seriously consider wearing a visor when he returns from facial injuries sustained at a Dec. 8 morning skate when he was hit by a backhand shot from teammate Dominic Moore.

St. Louis likely will first wear a cage to protect his broken nose. But wearing a visor is a notable admission of vulnerability from a player who has so resisted the protective shield.

"It's easier said than done," he said.

The Lightning right wing has sustained some fairly serious facial injuries in his career, the most dramatic being when he was cut between the eyes by a skate blade.

But St. Louis said he never before was hit in the eye, and the puck off Moore's stick clipped enough of his left eye that it took eight days for the blood to drain. His depth perception still is affected, though no long-term problems are expected.

"It's easy to look back, and there are plenty of things in your life you want back, (to) do things a certain way. We all do," St. Louis said. "Sometimes you need something like that to make you lean a certain way."

Last season, captain Vinny Lecavalier took a stick blade in his right eye. On Dec. 8, F Blair Jones ran into the mask of Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist and cut his nose.

Both now wear visors.

"I just felt like I couldn't go a couple of games without getting something in the face," Jones said. "It was time."

It was just in time, as it turned out. During a morning skate last week, a puck deflected off Jones' stick and hit his visor.

"I can kind of laugh about it," Jones said.

MOVES COMING? With C Nate Thompson (lower body) uncertain for Wednesday's game at San Jose and three roster spots available, the Lightning might make callups from AHL Norfolk. … D Evan Oberg was reassigned to Norfolk.

AMENDED: The Lightning tweaked D Victor Hedman's five-year, $20 million contract extension after it was rejected by the NHL's Central Registry.

The original terms were $3 million next season (including a $1.5 million signing bonus); $3 million in 2013-14; $4 million in 2014-15; $6 million in 2015-16, and $4 million in 2016-17.

Hedman will now receive $5.75 million in 2015-16 and $4.25 million in 2016-17.

The reason for the change is Rule 50.7 of the collective bargaining agreement, which states any decrease in player salary and bonuses from one year to the next may not exceed 50 percent of the player salary and bonuses of the lower of the first two years of a contract; if the first and second years pay the same, 50 percent of that amount.

Because the first and second years of Hedman's extension pay $3 million, the decrease in salary from the fourth season to the fifth cannot exceed $1.5 million, hence the new terms.

LEADER: RW Adam Hall has not taken enough faceoffs to qualify as a league leader, but his 64.8 winning percentage — 129-of-199 — entered Sunday 3.9 points better than leader Jonathan Toews of Chicago.

"I don't think there really is a secret," Hall said. "It's a lot of timing, strength. … A lot of times it just comes down to competing."

Not just by Hall but teammates who must capture loose pucks.

"There aren't many clean faceoff wins," Hall said. "It's second and third efforts and battles. It really is a five-man effort."

ROSTER FREEZE: The holiday roster freeze is today through Dec. 26. No transactions are allowed except to call up players from the minors.

Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis considering wearing visor after puck fractures face 12/18/11 [Last modified: Sunday, December 18, 2011 8:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Why a true freshman quarterback doesn't kill FSU's title hopes

    College

    Florida State's James Blackman will make history Saturday when the No. 12 Seminoles host North Carolina State in their first game after Hurricane Irma.

    Florida State quarterback James Blackman warms up before a game against Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Atlanta. When Florida State's Deandre Francois, Georgia's Jacob Eason and Texas A&M's Nick Starkel all got hurt in their respective season openers, true freshmen ended up taking over the rest of the way.  (Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
  2. Cue the Scott Frost to Nebraska speculation

    Blogs

    Nebraska shook up the college sports world Thursday afternoon when it fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst.

    And that should scare UCF fans.

  3. USF defense feeds on Temple offense to take NCAA interceptions lead

    College

    TAMPA — Backed up in his end zone, Temple quarterback Logan Marchi scrambled, trying to elude a USF defensive end coming straight for him. Until then, Marchi hadn't had much luck hitting his receivers.

    South Florida Bulls safety Devin Abraham (20) sacks Temple Owls quarterback Logan Marchi (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
  4. No. 21 USF Bulls roll over Temple to stay undefeated

    College

    TAMPA — They emerged from Raymond James Stadium's southwest tunnel on the 11-month anniversary of their public humiliation at Temple.

    Bulls tailback Darius Tice, who rushes for 117 yards, is elated by his 47-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead.
  5. Fennelly: USF thrashes Temple to stay unbeaten; too bad not many saw it in person

    College

    TAMPA

    No. 21 USF ran its record to 4-0 Thursday night with some payback against Temple, a 43-7 trouncing, no contest, as if anyone cares, at least judging by the paltry crowd at Raymond James Stadium. Where was everybody?

    Bulls cornerback Deatrick Nichols (3) celebrates with teammates after making a defensive play during the first half.