Tampa Bay Lightning 2009-10 Season Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning had a miserable 2008-09 campaign, finishing second to last just in front of the equally woeful New York Islanders. With an anemic 24 wins and 66 points, the one-dimensional Lightning were not scaring anyone. General Manager Brian Lawton has performed very well over the summer, scoring the highly touted Victor Hedman […]

Posted by rusty in Season Previews,Tampa Bay Lightning on September 27, 2009

Last Night from Tampa Bay’s Perspective

With Tampa Bay seemingly playing their 100th pre-season game last night, I had a chance to catch the Bolts in action in Winnipeg against the Edmonton Oilers.  First off, I have to say that I am thankful that the Lightning dressed basically their entire regular season roster for the game.  In the lineup for Tampa […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Tampa Bay Lightning on September 25, 2009

Preview over at Puck Prospectus

As we continue our 30 teams in 30 days work here at Illegal Curve, I am also doing some previews over at Puck Prospectus.  Tampa Bay was the first preview I was assigned, and here is the preview. Here is an excerpt: After a fairly disastrous 2008-09 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning can only move […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Puck Prospectus Column,Tampa Bay Lightning on September 7, 2009

NHL Morning Papers: Tuesday Edition

With the ouster of Patrick Marleau as Sharks captain, Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News feels that Dan Boyle will be next in line for the C. Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe writes that its best for Patrick Kane to move on from the cab incident. Though Messier’s heart belongs in […]

Posted by Kyle Kosior in Boston Bruins,Buffalo Sabres,Calgary Flames,Chicago Blackhawks,NHL Morning Papers,Philadelphia Flyers,San Jose Sharks,Tampa Bay Lightning,Toronto Maple Leafs,Vancouver Canucks on August 18, 2009

On the Beat: Antropov signs in Atlanta, Recchi returns to Boston and reaction to Team Canada

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: NHL The Thrashers have signed Nikolai Antropov to a 4 year, $16 million contract.  As well, the team also re-signed Chris Thorburn.  A lot of cash to be throwing at Antropov but really not out of line with the ridiculous spending we’ve already seen the past day […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in 2010 Olympics,Atlanta Thrashers,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Colorado Avalanche,Edmonton Oilers,Minnesota Wild,On the Beat,Ottawa Senators,Tampa Bay Lightning,Washington Capitals on July 2, 2009

On the Beat: Carolina injuries, Manny Fernandez may retire and Chris Pronger’s future

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Luke Decock of the News & Observer thinks Tuomo Ruutu will play on Thursday but Erik Cole will not.  His offensive numbers haven’t been strong this playoffs, but Cole’s loss is still very significant. Tim Sassone says the Hawks may very well learn more from losing their current […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,On the Beat,Pittsburgh Penguins,Tampa Bay Lightning on May 19, 2009