TAMPA BAY - Captain Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning will undergo season-ending wrist surgery Friday.
Lecavalier will have the operation performed by Dr. A. Lee Osterman at the Philadelphia Hand Center. Osterman previously operated on Lecavalier's left wrist during the summer of 2007.
The procedure was originally scheduled to take place last summer but was delayed after Lecavalier required shoulder surgery 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," Lightning GM Brian Lawton said in a statement. "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."
The 10-year veteran played in all of Tampa's 77 games to date. He is second in scoring with 67 points, including 29 goals.