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Lightning's Bradley vents on air

All-time Lightning scoring leader Brian Bradley took to the airwaves on Friday, going on WDAE-AM 1250 to air continuing grievances he has with the team.

Bradley missed much of the season with a concussion and wrist injury that dates to 1996-97.

The former All-Star center is plagued by headaches, a byproduct of post-concussion syndrome resulting from a head injury sustained in a Nov. 6 game at Los Angeles. He also is recovering from Jan. 22 surgery on his right wrist, which needed two pins to stabilize the joint.

Bradley remains under contract, but distanced himself while convalescing. He is unhappy with the medical care he received, and the way the team has helped him deal with injuries that may be career-threatening.

Lightning trainer Curtis Bell heard a portion of Bradley's comments, and responded Friday.

"According to the doctors, they're not sure if the wrist situation is career-threatening or not. There's no definitive answer, and we won't know until he starts to play again," Bellsaid, who did not work for the team when Bradley initially sustained the wrist injury. "The situation as far as the concussion goes is there's nothing more we can do for him at this time."

Bradley did not play after sustaining the concussion, and fears he may never play again.

"The bottom line is we did not allow him to play. We did not let him go back on the ice to play, and we did not jeopardize his health in any way," Bell said. "I don't think the fact he may never play again, or he may have to retire, is resultant of any misdiagnosis by anybody.

"If he does have to retire it's resultant of a severe injury, whether it's a concussion or the wrist that needed surgery. And right now that's something being decided by Bradley, not by any doctor who's said he can never play again. That's Bradley saying that."

Bradley, who did not return calls to his home Friday night, is scheduled to see a neurosurgeon early next month. He may make a decision regarding his future plans after that visit.

NOTE: Stephane Richer's ankle surgery at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg was completed without complications, according to Bell. Doctors repaired a partly torn tendon in his left ankle, Bell said, and performed arthroscopic surgery to "tighten" the joint. Richer is expected to face three months of rehabilitation, and should be ready for training camp in September.

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