Lightning Round: Tanner Jeannot won't be ready for Game One against Toronto

Lightning Round: Tanner Jeannot won't be ready for Game One against Toronto
These jerseys were too nice to only feature once. (Photo courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography)

Word circulated over the weekend that the lower-body injury Tanner Jeannot suffered against the New York Islanders wasn't going to be as "bad as it could have been". Primarily, it was Elliotte Friedman who mentioned it on Hockey Night in Canada:

On Monday, Coach Cooper was asked about the injury to one of his newest forwards and he pretty much confirmed that there may be hope for Jeannot to return at some point:

That is wonderful coach speak for "we're not quite sure when he's going to be back". Is this good news? Yes, in the sense that the injury isn't as serious as it looked when Scott Mayfield pushed him backwards with his knee caught underneath him.

Still, there are always games being played at this time of year and a vague answer like the one Coach Cooper gave speaks to that obfuscation. All we have to do is rewind the calendar to the bubble playoffs and the continued non-answers that reporters (over Zoom call, remember those? Good times!) received when asked about the status of Steven Stamkos and his core injury.

Would Jeannot be a big help in a series against Toronto? Yes, but is it worth rushing him back when he's not ready? No.  Of course, we all know players will skate with a broken leg if a team would let them. So it's on the organization to make sure he's at a point where he won't do any more damage to his leg if he was to return. The Lightning have tended to lean in the direction of safety when it comes to their injured players.

We'll likely see the same pattern we usually see with injured players. First we'll see some reporter's cell phone photos of him skating by himself during or after practice.. Then he'll show up in a no contact jersey on their off-day practices. A morning skate and a "we'll see how he feels tomorrow" quote. Then he'll pop up in warm-ups and hopefully be good to go.

In the meantime, it's next skater up time. For the rest of the regular season it will likely by Mikey Eyssimont. The other trade deadline pickup plays a similar physical, hit-everything-that-moves, style of game. If he shows that he can be effective over these last two games, he might earn a spot in the starting line-up for Game One. If not, Coach Cooper may elect to go with an 11/7 rotation (especially on the road).

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