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Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier to have shoulder surgery, should be ready for next season

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier will have surgery to repair damage to his right shoulder.

Lecavalier was hurt in Thursday's game at Washington. His shoulder was dislocated when he fell awkwardly after a hit by Washington's Matt Cooke.

Tests on Friday showed Lecavalier damaged the labrum of the right shoulder. A date for surgery and the establishment of a rehab schedule should come in seven to 10 days when inflammation subsides.

Recovery time is expected to be 12 to 15 weeks, which means Lecavalier could be ready for the start of training camp next season.

"While I'm disappointed to be facing surgery at this time, I'm looking forward to working hard during the summer to be ready for training camp in September," Lecavalier said in a statement.

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