Lightning confirm Andrei Vasilevskiy is dealing with an injury.
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Lightning confirm Andrei Vasilevskiy is dealing with an injury.

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy won't be available for the Lightning with the team confirming he is injured.

Jonathan Larivee

The Tampa Bay Lightning and their fan base may have reason to be concerned.

On Sunday, we learned that Lightning star goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy will not be available for the foreseeable future when Lightning head coach Jon Cooper confirmed that Vasilevskiy is currently battling an injury. The comments from Cooper were not reassuring either, with the head coach being very coy in his responses.

Cooper initially confirmed that Vasilevskiy would be out day to day.

“He's wrestling with some things right now, physically," admitted Cooper on Sunday. "It's early in training camp, so we don't need to rush anything along with him. When he's ready to go, he'll be out there.“

Cooper was then asked a follow up question regarding whether or not the star netminder could be out for a longer period of time, and his answer was not at all reassuring.

“Not as of now, no," said Cooper.

Vasilevskiy has consistently been one of the top goaltenders in the National Hockey League over the course of the past several seasons and losing him for any length of time at the start of the regular season could spell trouble for the Lightning moving forward. Should the injury turn into something more long term, this could become a major problem for one of the most consistently competitive franchises in the NHL over the past several seasons.

Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.