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

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Minutes after the Lightning’s elimination, Jon Cooper told reporters that his team was a lot wasted. If the evening game on June 26 had been an unimportant regular-season game, half the team would have been American League players.

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

We have long suspected that several Lightning players were paralyzed. The team lacked the juice against Avalanche, especially in the second half of the match … and in our opinion several players didn’t look 100%. eye examination.

Well, Jon Cooper and several players have just confirmed the nature of some internal injuries. He is impressive and reminds us how much playing hockey again in June can literally hurt.

Ryan McDonagh had a stewed finger from the series against the Panthers.

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

Brandon Hagel was playing despite a broken foot.

Pierre-Édouard Bellemare injured his meniscus before the start of the playoffs.

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

Corey Perry dislocated his shoulder against the Panthers.

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

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

i want to be a fan of the adage that there is no excuse … but made there, which may explain certain counter-performance or tepid performance of the Bolts. Not bad more than the work of officers …

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

Recall that Valeri Nichushkin played despite a foot VERY he failed in the final, that Nazem Kadri anticipated his return to the field after the thumb operation … and that Samuel Girard (broken breastbone) was unable to take part in the final with Avalanche. Andrew Burakovsky also had to give up four of the six matches in the final. Other injuries should also go out soon…

The Stanley Cup doesn’t have a reputation for being the hardest trophy to win for anything.

All of this reminds me of Shea Weber, who had to hang up his skates after the 2021 playoffs, despite playing due to numerous injuries.

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

Lot of

– Since it’s the lightning bolt …

– Good question!

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

– Who is worthy of replacing Djordje Mihailovic?

– It has to stop.

Oh!! What a sequence!

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