The Tampa Bay Lightning got some good news this week when defenseman Pavel Kubina passed his base-line brain function tests and was cleared to resume full workouts and to skate.
"He's good," general manager Steve Yzerman said Friday. "He's been cleared by the doctors to resume full exercise."
"I can do anything right now," Kubina said.
Even so, Kubina, who has been staying at his Treasure Island home and will return to his native Czech Republic on Monday, said he will start slowly on the tread mill and stationary bike.
Kubina sustained a concussion on April 29 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal with the Capitals when his head bounced off the end-board glass at the Verizon Center after he was elbowed in the back of the head by Jason Chimura. Kubina said it took almost four weeks before he began to feel normal and at one point said he could not even watch Tampa Bay's playoff games from the press box because the sound and lights were like a sensory overload.
Since then, he has made a quick recovery and reports, "When I wake up in the morning I feel normal."
And looking forward to next season.
"I'll be good for training camp," Kubina said, "for sure."