“Very special bunch” – Brayden Point likely to join Tampa Bay Lightning training camp after full recovery from torn quadricep

Brayden Point's absence was among the reasons why the Tampa Bay Lightning failed to win their third straight Stanley Cup championship.

Brayden Point
Brayden Point

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point has a significant tear in his right quadricep but is expected to be fully recovered and available for training camp in September. The 26-year-old sustained the injury in the first period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 14.

This unfortunate incident took place while he was chasing a puck, when Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Giordano tried to get a stick on the puck. Following this, Point’s right leg buckled under him as he slid into the boards.

The guys did a great job to get there and they got me a chance to play in a couple of games,” Point said, as quoted by NHL.com. “It was tough. But just watching the guys and seeing what they did and the effort they put in, it was a very special bunch.”

“Have tears in past where you can find stride”

Brayden Point
Brayden Point

The Calgary native Point missed as many as 10 games before returning to play during the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final against the Colorado Avalanche. He was later removed from the lineup after Game 2 and did not play for the remainder of the best-of-7 series, which the Lightning lost in six games. 

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I’ve had tears in the past where you can still find your stride and you can play and be effective,” Point said. “But this one was different. The power wasn’t there and the tight turns and all that kind of stuff … the stuff you need to do to be effective, especially in the Stanley Cup Finals.”

“[Point is] expected to make a full recovery, all of these guys are,” Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois said. “In the case of Point, it’s a matter of probably a few more weeks before he’s fully recovered.”

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