For Vinny Lecavalier, the best part of his offseason workout program was it began a few weeks early.

He didn't do anything major, he said, just some extra skating. But given how his past few summers have been more about rehabilitating repaired body parts than preparing for a season, the quick start felt good.

"It was such a relief," the Lightning captain said, "not having to think about healing something."

There has been a lot of healing.

Tampa Bay's training camp opens today at the Ice Sports Forum, and for the first time in five years, Lecavalier comes in healthy.

"In five years?" exclaimed coach Guy Boucher.

In five years.