Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier looks no worse for wear these days. But when he will get back on the ice or into the lineup is still undetermined, although Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said it was "reasonable" for Lecavalier to be out three weeks. Lecavalier sustained an undisclosed lower-body injury on March 12 in Florida after running into the back of Panthers D Erik Gudbranson during the third period. For the time being, Lecavalier is coming to the rink for treatment and upper-body workouts, but has not skated and will not accompany the team on the three-game road trip that begins Wednesday in Toronto. Though the team is keeping the nature of the injury under wraps, Lecavalier hinted it is not structural. "It's not like it's ligaments or anything like that, it's bone, so that's the good thing," he said. After a quick start with four goals and 11 points in the first seven games of the season, Lecavalier was slowed after taking a Sami Salo shot off his foot late in the Feb. 2 game against the New York Rangers. Lecavalier had just three goals and 11 points over the next 19 games before being placed on injured reserve. Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher said last week the latest injury is not related to Lecavalier's previous injury. Lecavalier didn't say one way or the other on Monday. "It's a lower body injury and we'll keep it at that, I guess," Lecavalier said. "But it's definitely disappointing, especially considering the situation we are in right now fighting for playoffs. It's nothing more than a bit of a waiting game, work out hard and be ready to play when I'm ready."
Lecavalier's 'Lower Body Injury' May Be A Fracture In Foot
Tampa Tribune | Mar 20