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How bad is Lecavalier's injury?

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09:38 AM ET 08.22 |

Lightning center and captain Vinny Lecavalier will have what the team described as minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday, but he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

"Vinny told me he felt some irritation when he was skating over the summer and it wasn't going away,'' GM Steve Yzerman said Saturday.

A MRI exam indicated a small meniscus tear. Rather than wait to see how it goes and perhaps be forced to deal with it during the season, Lecavalier will have surgery now.

St. Petersburg Times

Vinny Lecavalier, Doug Benc/Getty Images Vinny Lecavalier, Doug Benc/Getty Images
August 22, 2010  09:53 AM ET

My Gimpy Cousin Vinny.

August 22, 2010  10:40 AM ET

Oneof the worst contracts in the NHL

August 22, 2010  11:57 AM ET
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Oneof the worst contracts in the NHL

While I agree, do the names Wade Redden (no explaination required) and Chris Drury (14 goals last season for $8M) come to mind? People who live in glass arenas shouldn't shoot pucks.

August 22, 2010  12:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

My Gimpy Cousin Vinny.

HA! Goodn'. Now is the perfect time to fleece the Habs and deal away Vin.

August 22, 2010  01:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

While I agree, do the names Wade Redden (no explaination required) and Chris Drury (14 goals last season for $8M) come to mind? People who live in glass arenas shouldn't shoot pucks.

Well yeah, those are 1 and 2 in the league, but i fugured i mention those to shcmucks every other article.

August 22, 2010  01:18 PM ET

I'd say that Vinny is still a very good player with size, skill , speed and grit. and while he deserves a good contract not that big. But Wade Redden he just stinks for anyone, he's maybe a 7 d-man. Drury is good for a 2-3mil contract. But Leclavlier is prolly worth 5.5-7 mil.

August 22, 2010  01:26 PM ET
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Well yeah, those are 1 and 2 in the league, but I figured I mention those to schmucks every other article.

I really hope you meant "those two schmucks." As it reads you're mentioning it "to schmucks" which would include me. Now I might or might not "be" a schmuck but you don't know me that well. LOL

August 22, 2010  02:12 PM ET
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Well yeah, those are 1 and 2 in the league, but i fugured i mention those to shcmucks every other article.

put on the spell check ranger. tough to make out your brokenengly...................................

August 22, 2010  02:47 PM ET
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When he signed the deal he was one of the best in the NHL and at the time was considered a great contract for Tampa. Now as you say it's up there with some of the worst.

At least unlike Redden there is the potential to earn it

August 22, 2010  02:50 PM ET
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At least unlike Redden there is the potential to earn it

Loving the new avatar, Swampy.

August 22, 2010  03:06 PM ET
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Loving the new avatar, Swampy.

No fair getting a jump on the Brian Burke Contest. :-)

August 22, 2010  05:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Well yeah, those are 1 and 2 in the league, but i fugured i mention those to shcmucks every other article.

Ah grasshopper, you have grasped the grain of r...

August 22, 2010  06:23 PM ET

Perhaps this year we'll see Primo Vinny instead of Prima Vinnie.

August 22, 2010  06:35 PM ET
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At least unlike Redden there is the potential to earn it

Is that Kevin Lowe in your avatar, or is that Duhryl?

August 22, 2010  07:04 PM ET
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Is that Kevin Lowe in your avatar, or is that Duhryl?

I'm sorry it's Brian! DUH silly me!!!!

August 22, 2010  08:19 PM ET
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I'm sorry it's Brian! DUH silly me!!!!

After a day of looking at Brian I thought this far more esthetic view of the world should make up for looking at a pic of Brian all day

 
August 23, 2010  12:45 AM ET

Yes K-aaa you can see a camel's toe

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