The health of Lightning players reminds us that winning the Stanley Cup is (very) difficult

Minutes after the Lightning were eliminated, Jon Cooper told reporters that his team was doing very well wasted. If the evening game on June 26 had been a regular season game without too much significance, half the team would have been American League players.

Of course, Cooper said he was proud of his warriors (with good reason).

We’ve suspected for a while that it was multiple Lightning players crippled. The team lacked juice against the Avalanche, especially in the second half(s)… and some players didn’t look 100% in our opinion eye test.

Well, Jon Cooper and several players have just confirmed the nature of some internal injuries. It’s impressive and a reminder of how much it can literally hurt to play hockey again in June.

Ryan McDonagh had one stewed finger since the series against the Panthers.

Anthony Cirelli had damaged both shoulders. He has to go under the knife.

Brandon Hagel played despite a broken foot.

Pierre-Édouard Bellemare injured his meniscus before the start endgames.

Nick Paul and Nikita Kucherov each played with a knee ligament stretch.

Corey Perry sprained his shoulder against the Panthers.

Brayden Point tore his quadriceps muscle. And he still played a few games!

In fact, pretty much everyone has had at least one bruise in the dressing room.

I want a fan of the adage that there are no excuses…but rendered there, that can explain certain considerations or half-hearted appearances screws. No worse than the work of officials…

It’s a safe bet that the bread killer and injections abounded in the Lightning locker room. For better and for worse.

Recall that Valery Nichushkin played despite one foot VERY failed in the final, that Nazem Kadri preferred his return to the game after his thumb surgery… and that Samuel Girard (fractured sternum) was unable to take part in the final with the Avalanche. Andrew Burakovsky also had to give up four of the six games in the final. Other injuries should too go out soon…

The Stanley Cup has a reputation for being the most difficult trophy to win for a reason.

It all reminds me of Shea Weber, who had to hang up his skates after the 2021 playoffs despite numerous injuries.

I can’t wait to see if all of these injuries will hurt the Lightning early in the season. Summer will once again be very short for Jon Cooper’s men.


– Since it’s about the lightning…

– Good question!

– Will Shane Wright and Juraj Slafkovsky face off at the Bell Center in September?

– Who is worthy to replace Djordje Mihailovic?

– It has to stop.

Impressive! What an episode!

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