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Bolts captain Lecavalier (lower body) out indefinitely, headed to IR

Mar 14, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning received some tough news on Thursday as it was learned captain Vincent Lecavalier would be out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.

Lecavalier, 32, suffered the injury during Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Florida.

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports Lecavalier was knocked down late in the contest and went to the bench in discomfort — of note, he only had three shifts in the final nine minutes with Tampa nursing a one-goal lead.

Erlendsson also notes the club expects the captain to go on injured reserve.

While his team has struggled this season, Lecavalier has enjoyed a good year in terms of production.

He’s notched 7G-15A-22PTS in 26 games while averaging close to 19 minutes a night and, in January, played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming just the fifth first overall pick to play 1,000 games with the team that originally drafted him.

UPDATE: According to Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times, Bolts head coach Guy Boucher said Lecavalier will be out longer than the minimum seven-day IR stint.

UPDATE 2: The Lightning have called up Tyler Johnson from AHL Syracuse.

  1. georgejarkko - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Vinny had been at about 80% for a couple of weeks anyway. Probably time for him to take a rest.

    Richard Panik had been playing fairly well, as well as Pierre Cedric Labrie, so expect to see more of those two soon. I can’t figure out why B.J. Crombeen keeps getting ice time – at Adam Hall’s expense, no less.

    • mathieug79 - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      I think there is a long list of prospects who could easily replace Hall, and Crombeen. If it wasn’t for development, Ice time. Most of the guy in the AHL are ready to play in the NHL, they just recalled Tyler Johnson (2nd place in pts AHL). Also Barberio deserves to be up, JT Brown, Brett Connolly, Richard Panik, Matt Toarmina, Dana Tyrell should be given a chance in front of these older guys. I understand Prospect Development is key to producing Great NHL players, but some of these guys deserve a chance to prove themselves at the NHL level.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 14, 2013 at 3:23 PM


      • mathieug79 - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        He’s been impressive! shows alot of composure for a young dmen, doesn’t throw the puck away like most dmen we have (except Carle, Hedman). from the small sample i’ve seen from him so far, Im very much impressed!!

      • ibieiniid - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        dude this thread really bums me out. here’s why. I’m from Norfolk (VA Beach, but still)

        our new team MIGHT make playoffs. our old team still plays like an NHL team. but ya I loved Gudas in Norfolk. him and Conacher last year. now who do we have? Devante Smith-Pelly is like our best player IMO.

  2. georgejarkko - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    “With Lecavalier on IR (but for no longer than a week says Steve Yzerman) and Tom Pyatt day-to-day with his own injury, the Lightning will recall Syracuse Crunch center Tyler Johnson. Johnson will become the sixth Lightning prospect to make his NHL debut this season (the others are Cory Conacher, Alex Killorn, Richard Panik, Ondrej Palat, and Radko Gudas). Johnson, who is a wee bit smaller than Lecavalier (5′ 10″ to Lecavalier’s 6′ 4″) but has been potent at the AHL level; he is just under a point-per-game pace, having scored 58 points (32 goals, 26 assists) in 59 games this season, second in the AHL to Gustav Nyquit’s 60 points for the Grand Rapids Griffins.”

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