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Watch as Martin St. Louis has touching moment talking about his mother during his number retirement.
"Marty was a pain in the ass to coach"
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
In many ways the Tampa Bay Lightning and Martin St. Louis needed each other when they started what now should be called their forever relationship before the 2000-01 season.
Each wanted to build something. The Lightning wanted a winning tradition, and St. Louis, a 5-foot-9 forward, wanted a successful NHL career. Each was an underdog, the Lightning as a Sun Belt expansion franchise with one Stanley Cup Playoff berth in its first eight seasons, and St. Louis an undersized, undrafted forward pegged as a fourth-liner. That is, if he was going to have an NHL career at all.
More than 16 years later, St. Louis is coming home because the team that gave him a chance, the one he helped build and put on the NHL map, is ready to give him an honor only one person can receive.
At Amalie Arena on Friday, St. Louis' No. 26 will be the first retired by the Lightning....
"It's an honor," St. Louis said. "Just getting your jersey retired is quite the honor, and obviously to be the first one I think makes it even more special."
Below, watch the top 10 Martin St. Louis goals...
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
Yzerman has to do something. This underachieving team looks lost, often uninspired. It could use a shakeup. It badly needs another top-four defenseman. If the panic button hasn't already been hit at Channelside Drive, it should be soon.
But making changes is easier said than done.
"If there was something I could have done to this point that would make our team better, I would have done it," Yzerman said. "We'll keep trying."
Yzerman said this trade market is as challenging as he can remember. There's the salary cap, which has remained relatively flat the past few years, and likely will again next season. There's the looming expansion draft in June. And with so many teams within striking distance of a playoff spot, Yzerman said many GMs are uncertain what direction they want to go.
"It's been very, very quiet," Yzerman said.
more on the Lightning
Jon Cooper says Vladislav Namestnikov will be re-evaluated and the team should know more today.
"Right now, we need to get a bit more offensive production out of our top-nine forwards,, we need more out of them. But mostly, it's our play defensively as a team that has to improve. That's what is hurting us the most.''
"We're not going to win many 6-5 games, we're falling in some categories -- our penalty killing is dropping, our goals against, our shots against. We're in the bottom half of the league now in those three categories, and those categories have to be good in order to win.''
-Steve Yzerman, GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has more.
"I think it's fantastic for our sport. think it's great for our league that we go, and we're there. I think for all the players it's an honor to be part of the Olympics. I'm hopeful they can work it out. It's great for our league and great for the game."
-Steve Yzerman, GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning on the NHL players participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times has more on this topic.
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
With less than six minutes left in the Predators' 3-1 victory against the Lightning on Monday, Predators defenseman Roman Josi was the recipient of a blindside hit from Lightning forward J.T. Brown.
It appeared that Brown's left shoulder made contact with Josi's head, forcing the latter out of the game. Josi, who angrily tossed his glove down the hallway to the Predators' locker room as he left, said he was fine and removed by a concussion spotter.
This season, the NHL updated its concussion protocol, authorizing in-arena spotters and those watching from the league's New York office to require teams to remove players if they deem it necessary. Josi has previously been concussed during his NHL career.
"I didn't see him coming," Josi said, referring to Brown. "I just saw (Lightning forward Brian) Boyle on the one side. He came around the net. I didn't see him."...
It wasn't the last time that Brown was involved in a hard-hitting play Monday. In the final two minutes, he and Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis collided as they pursued a puck in the corner. Brown then proceeded to punch Ellis multiple times as the two laid on the ice. Ellis received a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct, and Brown received a roughing minor and a misconduct.
Watch both incidents below...
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