TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier, out the past eight games with a lower-body injury, was on the ice for the Lightning's morning skate prior to Tampa Bay hosting the Florida Panthers on Tuesday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Lecavalier wore a red jersey, symbolizing he was cleared for contact, and took part in all the team drills.
"I was sitting there about to address the team and then I see the red jersey and there's Vinny," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "It was pretty exciting to see him there. Hopefully he is feeling well. He's not going [Tuesday] but there is hope for Thursday."
"I didn't watch him much," Cooper said of Lecavalier's on-ice efforts. "He's going to catch up to the pace and things like that. I kept asking him, 'How you feeling,' he kept saying, 'Good.' I don't know if he was lying to me or not, but he sold me."
Cooper, until last week when he was taped to replace Guy Boucher, coached Syracuse and is familiar with Angelidis.
"He's a left-handed draw, which we lost in Thompson," Cooper said. "He's a [penalty-kill] guy for years for me and he's going to muck it out like he always does. He's no 'flash and bash.' He grinds it out and makes all those greasy, dirty plays. That’s what he does."
Here is how the lineups for the Panthers and Lightning likely will look Tuesday:
Injured: Jack Skille (upper body), Eric Selleck (upper body), Ed Jovanovski (hip), Kris Versteeg (knee), Stephen Weiss (wrist), Jose Theodore (lower body), Mike Weaver (lower body), Sean Bergenheim (lower body)
Scratched: B.J. Crombeen