Foote underwent surgery to repair a tendon in his pinkie finger and will likely miss the first 2-4 weeks of the season, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

Foote is in a good position to establish himself as a semi-regular player for the Lightning this season, but he'll likely have to wait until the calendar flips to November before doing so. The 22-year-old blueliner picked up three points, a plus-9 rating, 39 hits and 29 blocks while averaging 12:53 of ice time through 35 games last campaign.

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