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Lecavalier could return late next week

Mar 13, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning might get Vincent Lecavalier (fractured hand) back late next week.

“I’m hoping,” Lecavalier said. “I want to play as soon as soon as possible but I have to be smart, too.”

One complication is that Lecavalier’s broken bone is beside the one he had surgery on in 2010-11. As a result, he’s had CT scans and MRI exams every 10-12 days to observe the healing process. It’s also worth noting that Lecavalier isn’t able to shoot the puck yet.

Still, after missing nearly a month, it looks like there’s finally some light at the end of the tunnel. Tampa Bay has done their best to get by without him, but they are still on the outside looking in when it comes to the battle for a playoff spot. They are seven points behind the eighth seed Capitals. Washington has played in one extra game than Tampa Bay, but that’s still a monstrous deficit to overcome this late in the season. The Lightning will try to keep hope alive when they battle the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

  1. barkar942 - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    I am so sick of all of this hype about “When will he return”? When his bell stops ringing is when he will return. All of this talk about one player returning or not gets so tiresome.
    Oh- wait- this article is about when a player might return and it isn’t about Crosby? I apologize, Vinnie.
    I am so used to every single article about a returning player being about Crosby that I just jumped onto the first “player returning” article and started to complain then realized that it was actually an article about an NHL top player NOT named Crosby. My bad!

  2. sidsgirthysoupcan - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    who cares about this old hack. soup can sids comin back!!!!

  3. lsxphotog - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Will be nice to have him back in the lineup and see how the lines play out. I think Connolly and Vinny will have better chemistry down the stretch.

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