Kucherov out for 2021 regular season, Stamkos ready to start, Lightning GM says


Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov (86) bends over as he skates back to the bench during first-period NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey action against the Dallas Stars in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Julien BriseBois announced Wednesday during a press conference that right winger Nikita Kucherov will be out for the NHL regular season, but captain Steven Stamkos is expected to play opening night.

BriseBois said Kucherov has a hip injury that will require surgery.

He may be ready to go by the post-season, the general manager said.

The NHL released the Lightning’s regular season schedule on Wednesday as well.


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