Tampa Bay Lightning backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, seemingly the club’s future in front of the net, will be out 2-3 months following surgery to remove a blood clot from his collarbone to treat a condition known as Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
Vasilevskiy is the backup to regular goalie Ben Bishop, and at the least seemed ready to push Bishop for playing time. This year, he was 7-5-1, appearing in 16 regular season games with a save percentage of .918 and a goals against average of 2.36. He appeared in four games in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The news was better for forward Tyler Johnson, who the Tampa Bay Times says will be ready to go in training camp. With forward Steven Stamkos seemingly no closer to a deal, Johnson will be needed.