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"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...
“He would just sometimes look up and make one comment that cut through all the bullshit and had the whole room in stiches.
“His humour, which comes across in a really witty sarcasm, was pretty legendary and earned him the nickname ‘Cutthroat.’”
-Brendan Shanahan on Steve Yzerman. Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet has more on Yzerman in The Big Read.
added 8:41pm, Tampa press release is below...
TAMPA BAY- “Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee during the team’s game against the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night and will remain out of the lineup indefinitely,” said Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman. “We are in the process of evaluating options for repair and rehabilitation and will release more information as it becomes available.”
At this point, Stamkos has yet to return.
added 8:30pm, video is below...
added 8:41pm, Lightning announce lower-body injury, will not return.
from Joe McDonald of ESPN,
If the hockey gods have a sense of drama, they will make sure the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers finally play each other in the Stanley Cup playoffs this season. Fans would go crazy to see two Florida teams play and the players would dig into that rivalry as well.
On Monday, the Panthers defeated the Lightning 3-1, the Panthers' Reilly Smith scoring the winner in the waning minutes of regulation, goaltender Roberto Luongo finishing with 34 saves to snap a personal four-game losing skid.
These two teams will battle for Atlantic Division supremacy all season. The win by the Panthers (6-6-1) over the Lightning (7-5-1) should be exactly what they needed to push them in the right direction. The Panthers have been getting contributions from forward Vincent Trocheck, who has six goals and two assists for eight points in 13 games. Adding Jonathan Marchessault during the offseason was huge: the former Lightning forward is leading the Panthers with seven goals and six assists for 13 points in 13 games. But Florida needs more contributions throughout the lineup to set up this playoff matchup. Make it happen, hockey gods.
continue for some Rask and Trouba talk...
Regarding Lightning/Panthers, only an announced crowd of 11,000+ and game highlights are below...
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin will miss tonight's game against the Bruins, and coach Jon Cooper isn't sure when he'll be back in the lineup.
Drouin left Tuesday's game after taking a hit to the head by Islanders D Calvin De Haan, who received a five-minute major for interference, but no supplemental discipline from the league. Drouin didn't return to the game, but has been feeling much better since. GM Steve Yzerman said Drouin is considered day-to-day. It's unknown whether or not Drouin suffered a concussion.
Cooper said Drouin will be evaluated again tonight by team doctors. Asked if he knows whether it's a short-term or long-term absence, Cooper said he didn't know. Cooper does known he'll miss the talented wing, who has five points in 10 games.
In case you missed the hit, watch below...
via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
Kucherov, the team's leading scorer last season, finished the period but didn't come out for the second. It was unclear what happened, but with about seven minutes left, he appeared to get shaken up on a spill into the boards near the Lightning bench. His left shoulder took the brunt of the impact. But he went out for his next shift.
Kucherov, asked after the game if he was okay, only nodded.
Coach Jon Cooper said the problem wasn't a concussion but he otherwise didn't have an update on his condition. "He got hit the wrong way," Cooper said. "Hopefully it won't be too long."
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The 29-year-old netminder got a clue at the NHL draft last June when a potential trade with the Calgary Flames fell through because he couldn't come to terms on a contract extension with the Flames (a stipulation his camp made, given that he had a no-move clause). Instead, the Flames traded for Brian Elliott and Bishop, who is in the final year of his deal (at $5.95 million), remained with the Lightning. It's a bit awkward, perhaps, but it's part of the business.
"It's one of those things that could have happened but it fell through," Bishop said Monday, shrugging, when asked about the Calgary (near)-trade. "Being around long enough, you realize that sometimes there are going to be business decisions made. And if they don't work, they don't work, and there's nothing you can really do about it. You can't sit there and sulk or worry about it. You have to just go out there and keep playing. I'm pretty fortunate to have a job with Tampa. It's a great team and a great place to play. So I'm pretty happy about everything going on.''
There's no question that the team showed its hand ahead of next June's expansion draft before the new Las Vegas team enters the league, when clubs will only be able to protect one goalie -- not only in the attempted trade with Calgary but also when it signed 22-year-old Andrei Vasilevskiy to a three-year, $10.5-million contract extension this past offseason.
So what now?
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