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After a cold, rainy day in New Jersey yesterday following our flight from Boston, it was a pleasant surprise to wake up this morning to blue skies and warm temperatures. Sounds like a good night for a train ride into the city.
The team bus departed at 1130 from Short Hills for a 35-minute ride to the arena in Newark for practice. While Richard Petiot, Matt Smaby, Lukas Krajicek and Vinny Lecavalier all sat out practice at Boston University yesterday, Smaby and Krajicek were back on the ice today and Petiot went through an off-ice workout with strength coach Chuck Lobe.
As the team announced today, Lecavalier will travel to Philadelphia for wrist surgery tomorrow that will end his season early. The procedure, similar to what he had done on his other wrist two summers ago, was originally supposed to happen last summer but Lecavalier's shoulder surgery delayed it.
Unfortunately, Lecavalier won't have the chance to reach 30 goals this season, but at least he'll have plenty of time to recover and prepare for 2009-10.
Today's practice at the Prudential Center resembled a summer hockey school, with Assistant Coach Wes Walz running the team through skating drills before Rick Tocchet took over and put them through an intense, fast-paced workout. Seems to me that Tocchet is setting the tone early for what will be expected of the 2009-10 Lightning.