This is really not the type of story I want to run, leading into the 2011 playoffs, but upsetting news was released by the team this morning, announcing assistant coach Wayne Fleming has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. He has already started treatment at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, and is resting at home.
You've probably noticed Wayne's been missing behind the bench. I personally figured he was in the press box, viewing the game from above as assistant coaches in the past have done for the Lightning. It's disappointing to find out the reasons for his absence are much more serious.
His availability to the Lightning during the playoffs will be dependent on his comfort level during treatment.
On behalf of myself and the staff at Raw Charge, we wish Wayne nothing but the best and the speediest of recoveries.