A key part of The Triplets could miss some time at training camp.
Tyler Johnson, who suffered a broken wrist early in the Stanley Cup Final, is unsure if he’ll be ready to go when the Lightning get their preseason underway on Sept. 17.
“It’s progressing; I don’t know if I would say that it’s 100 percent, but it’s getting there,” Johnson told The Tampa Tribune. “It feels better every day, so it’s one of those things now that it just keeps getting strength and it feels better.”
When asked if he’d be limited during camp and the exhibition campaign, Johnson replied “I sure hope not.”
Johnson’s remarks are less optimistic than those uttered by Bolts GM Steve Yzerman who, this past weekend, said Johnson would be “ready to go” for camp.
In light of Johnson’s remarks, it’s possible Tampa Bay could take a more cautious approach with his return. The diminutive forward is an integral part of the club’s success, having led all skaters in playoff scoring last year (13 goals and 23 points in 26 games) — so there’s little reason to risk aggravating injury this early in the campaign.