Captain Vinny Lecavalier continues to make progress in returning from hand surgery, saying he's now able to grip a stick and do some puckhandling. He's still not to the point of being able to shoot, but he's in the process of strengthening the hand, and he's on schedule for return.
Vinny Lecavalier, who has been skating and working out every day since having surgery to repair his hand, was back on the ice today. He is now able to grip a stick and was doing some stickhandling on the ice. Lecavalier said he is progressing nicely, and though he didn’t want to put a timetable on his return, hopes to be back in at least a couple weeks.
At the time of the surgery, the timetable for a return was set at four to five weeks — the four-week mark comes Monday.
"There is a possibility he might start practicing with the team next week," Yzerman said. "At the three-week mark last week he went to see the hand specialist and everything looks good, he's healing well. So he's on target somewhere (in the Christmas) range."
Captain Vinny Lecavalier wore the red jersey again at the morning skate. But the X-rays and tests he was supposed to get Tuesday were pushed back a day. He looked good on the ice. His shooting actually looked better than it did during the season. Perhaps because his injured right knuckle has been fixed. While it still sounded as if he would miss tonight's game against the Thrashers, I don't think anyone would be shocked to see him in the lineup.