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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.

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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]
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