TAMPA — Paul Ranger wouldn't say it's a good thing he and fellow Lightning defenseman Andrej Meszaros will, on the same day in the same place, have identical surgeries to repair torn labrums in their left shoulders.
But there are benefits.
"We'll push each other (during rehab), and maybe we'll create a little bond between us," Ranger said.
The procedures, March 3 in Birmingham, Ala., have six-month recoveries, meaning both players are expected to be ready for training camp.
Ranger, 24, out 12 games throughout the season because of the injury, faces rehab for the second straight summer. He had the same operation on his right shoulder in April.
"It's nothing really to look forward to," he said. "But if you look at the positive, coming to training camp next year 100 percent, we won't have to worry about it anymore."
Meszaros, 23, was hurt on Feb. 4. Penguins star Evgeni Malkin ran over and fell on him. He said the fall dislocated his shoulder, though it quickly snapped back into place.
He said the hit was clean.
"I've never had surgery, ever," said Meszaros, whose consecutive game streak from the start of his career ended at 298. "I've never been out with an injury. It's frustrating. But I want to get it done as soon as possible so I can be ready for training camp."