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Lightning Captain Vincent Lecavalier to Undergo Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning Captain Vincent Lecavalier will undergo surgery to repair damage to his right wrist on Friday, April 3, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

Lecavalier will travel to Philadelphia where the arthroscopic procedure will be performed by Dr. A. Lee Osterman on Friday at the Philadelphia Hand Center.  Dr. Osterman previously operated on Lecavalier’s left wrist to repair damage to the triangular fibro cartilage during the summer of 2007 with a successful result.  Friday’s procedure was originally scheduled to take place last summer but was delayed after Lecavalier suffered damage to his right shoulder during the Lightning’s second-to-last game of the 2007-08 season.  The successful shoulder surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews on April 15, 2008.

“Obviously it is disappointing that Vinny will not be able to finish the season, but we feel that it is in both his and the team’s best interest to have the wrist operated on now,” Lawton said. “Vinny has been battling this injury all season and I really can’t say enough about his ability to play through the pain and discomfort.”

In his 10th NHL season, Lecavalier has played in all 77 games for the Lightning this year.  He has played in 76 games or more in nine of his 10 NHL seasons including 2008-09, which marks his seventh consecutive.

Lecavalier is one of six active players to currently have six consecutive seasons with 25 goals or more.  He leads the Lightning in power-play goals with 10, game-winning goals with six and is tied for first with 29 goals.  Lecavalier’s 67 points are also second on the club.

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