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Report: Lecavalier has broken foot, out a couple more weeks

Mar 19, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

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Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier has a “minor fracture” in his left foot, according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times.

The paper reports that Lecavalier, who has not played since Tuesday when he suffered the injury in a collision with Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson, will stay home for his team’s three-game road trip that ends Sunday in Winnipeg. The 32-year-old could apparently be back by early April.

“A little bit of a waiting game,” Lecavalier said, “and then work out hard and be ready to play.”

The Lightning — winners of three of their last four, but still five points back of a playoff spot — play the Leafs in Toronto tomorrow evening.

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Not that it would have made a difference in their push to make the playoffs, but, from a PR perspective it should make it easier for SY to start the youth transformation now by moving the older players.

    • mathieug79 - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Agreed, Vinny has been a tremendous force for years, but now he’s injured at least once every season, he’s also slower than most NHLer’s. I like him and I grew up Idolizing him, but Im wondering if its time to part ways. Let St Louis take over! Also would like to see Brewer traded at the deadline, get Andrej Sustr signed (he’s 6’8″ look at the link below, he looks like a young chara in the making), And let go MA Bergeron. I like Hedman, Matt Carle, Keith Aulie, Radko Gudas, Brian Lee, and Its time to promote Mark Barberio! Any team that is in a playoff hunt could use a guy like Brewer (i’d be happy with 3rd-4th round pick or a young Dmen).

      Here’s the link to Andrej Sustr

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        Really! You think they should keep St. Louis? He’s 37… I think they could get a draft pick for the future and perhaps a player for the short term, plus reduce the cap hit if they trade him. Andrej Sustr looks good on the video, from an offensive perspective. But, based on the buzz and interest by many of the NHL teams I’m assuming his D play is good though his +/- rating was never great, but I could see him playing in Boucher’s system.

        Bergeron has to guy. This guy is one of the worse defensive d men of the league. How about moving Malone?

      • georgejarkko - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        @valoisjoey – Bergeron rarely plays, so he’s a non-issue.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        Exactly! That’s why they should get rid of him.

  2. mathieug79 - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    I know St Louis is 37, but depending on what we get. If we get a prospect and a 1st round pick, Sure, but I’d rather keep him. It’s in his hands, he has a NMC. Malone would have to waive in NTC, and in the Offseason he can provide the team 12 team list that he’s willing to go. I like Malone, but I think we could trade him, and sign a better player for that money or even give a younger player a chance to take his place. Brenden Morrow is available in the offseason as a UFA. IMO I would Trade Malone, Keep St Louis (let him retire as a bolt), and let Lecavalier either play it out, and see where we’re at next season or trade him (wtv Stevie Y feels like doing)

    As for Sustr, I think with a little seasoning in the minors could become a very good defensemen as early as next year. I think the lightning actually have a good shot at signing him, since he was at the Pens prospect camp last summer, and drove to Tampa (16hr drive, and with the NCAA rules he had to pay his way there) to also be in the Tampa Bay Lightning prospect camp. So it will be interesting to see where he sign.

  3. spochiefsfan - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    I’m definitely a homer but Tyler Johnson is killing it yeah?! I hope he has the opportunity to stay in the lineup if/when Vinny comes back. I don’t see why not, 3 points in 3 games while hovering around 12 TOI is solid.

  4. georgejarkko - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Is Gudas going to be Artyhukin’d – as in called for ridiculous penalties every time he lands a clean, solid check?

    That hip check “trip” last night was an egregious error by the officials. The ensuing power play nearly let the Flyers tie the game and is a PRIME example of why instant replay/coach’s challenge needs to be implemented!

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