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Second opinion on Dicaire

By TOM JONES
Published September 14, 2005


BRANDON - The Lightning was terribly disappointed in prospect Gerard Dicaire 's performance during Monday's conditioning tests. Without naming names, coach John Tortorella alluded to Dicaire and others and said he was "shocked" and "disappointed" and could not understand why they were not better prepared.

Turns out, Dicaire's poor effort might be health-related.

During Monday's physical, Dicaire mentioned to the Lightning that he had a fainting spell during the summer. Initial tests revealed nothing and because it appeared to be an isolated incident, Dicaire skated in Monday's drills, but struggled to finish. When he showed up for Monday night's 3-mile run, he looked pale and complained of being light-headed.

"At that point, we decided to have him checked out," general manager Jay Feaster said. "We certainly don't want to take any chances. ... We hope that explains what happened Monday (in the skating drill), but at the same time, we hope it's nothing serious."

Dicaire, who is being considered for the sixth defenseman spot, was scheduled to have additional tests Tuesday at Tampa General hospital.

HELD OUT: Two veterans did not participate in Tuesday's gruelling skating drill, which was three sets of 15 laps around the ice. (And, yes, one player did throw up on the bench, but no one could say who it was.)

Fredrik Modin did one set, then left the ice because of back spasms. He is expected to play in today's scrimmage game.

Meantime, Ruslan Fedotenko flew to the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo., Tuesday to get clearance from his doctor after having hip surgery last spring. Dr. Marc Philippon , who performed the surgery because Lightning doctors couldn't due to the lockout, was expected to clear Fedotenko.

RUN, LIGHTNING, RUN: Prospect Nick Tarnasky had the best time in Monday's 3-mile run: 18 minutes, 22 seconds. He was followed by Martin Cibak (19:02), Marek Kvapil (19:10) and Dennis Packard (19:11).