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Too Early To Judge The Bolts

from Lightning Strikes,

Anyway, (Len) Barrie said he is not going to judge the team until the end of November.

“You have to remember, we were in 30th place, so we’ve made a lot of changes we really believe in, so we’re going to be patient with them,” he said. “There’s no panic here, for sure. ... I said to (hockey ops chief) Brian Lawton, ‘If this team isn’t a good hockey team, then we should do something else.’ I really believe it’s a good hockey team.”

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Palace Sports & Entertainment Finances $70M For New Tampa Owners

from Lightning Strikes,

Palace Sports financed $70-million of team sale

Why is this interesting? Because the company that wanted so badly out of the hockey business is still so entwined, and even more deeply (about $20-million more deeply) than we originally believed. It also is in a position, though unlikely, to regain control of the team if OK Hockey cannot repay the loan.

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Rays Or Lightning

from Bolts Report,

...the Carolina Hurricanes have turned down the Lightning’s request to move the start time, so Saturday’s game will start at 7:30 p.m. as scheduled. Because Carolina plays at home on Friday, and Saturday’s start time falls within the same 24-hour period, the Hurricanes have to agree to the time change. They haven’t, so it’s status quo.

As far as my feelings on that, well, at some point Carolina might be asking the Lightning for a similar favor and all I can say is, what comes around goes around.

more on the Lightning and the Tampa Bay Rays playing at the same time on Saturday…

added 12:07pm, from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

The Hurricanes said no, and it’s hard to blame them. With a home game Friday night — the opener against the Florida Panthers — the Canes would be at a huge competitive disadvantage playing earlier.

But there’s a subtext here. In the summer of 2006, the Lightning added an ice-level club to their arena and closed off the tunnel that connected the visiting locker room to the visiting bench.

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Melrose The Quote Machine

from Brian Duff at the Hockey News,

Already I’ve heard Melrose make multiple references to how much guys are making. That could be a slippery slope down which to venture.

But hey, if Melrose can entertain the masses and pull the Lightning from worst to first in the division as his owners are expecting, he will have a shot at the Jack Adams award. Keep in mind, the coach of the year award is voted upon by the broadcasters, who tend to really appreciate good sound bites.

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Tampa Could Be An Option For Berard

from Lightning Strikes,

It is no secret the Lightning wants to upgrade its blue line. It recently inquired about Mathieu Schneider. Tampa Bay also wants to save some salary and O’Brien has a $950,000 cap hit. There also is evidence the Lightning is at least peripherally interested in Bryan Berard, who recently was cut by the Flyers but has the offensive instincts Tamp Bay covets.

more on the defense in Tampa…

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Lightning Roster Set For Opening

from Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning on Friday got down to the required 24 players, including extra goaltender Karri Ramo, by placing wing Jason Ward on injured reserve with what coach Barry Melrose said is a groin injury sustained Thursday on “choppy” ice.

Other moves included categorizing defenseman Paul Ranger (shoulder) as a non-roster player because he did not pass a physical, and putting center Jeff Halpern (knee) on long-term disability.

continue for the roster…

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Still Lots of Questions About Melrose

From Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Still, there is a consistent belief in the hockey community that the decision to hire Melrose after a 13½-year absence from the coaching scene runs somewhere between risky and foolhardy.

“That’s a big question mark for them,” national hockey analyst and former NHL netminder Darren Eliot said recently.

Other hockey sources, including current NHL general managers, questioned Melrose’s ability to stay current on trends in penalty killing, power plays and defensive schemes.

One of the Lightning’s new owners, former NHLer Len Barrie, rolls his eyes at the oft-repeated questions surrounding the team’s coaching choice.

read on for more on Melrose, plus his history with his assistant coach Cap Raeder.

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Prague Ready For The NHL

from František Bouc of the Prague Post,

Twenty-seven hours. This was all it took in late April to sell out more than 10,000 tickets reserved for Czech fans for the NHL Premiere games between the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning to be played Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5, at Prague’s O2 Arena. Tickets disappeared quite fast despite the fact the game’s organizers had not announced the date of the sale in advance.

“We would have been able to sell at least double the amount of the tickets [had the sales date been announced],” said Vladimír Šafařík, chief event organizer.

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Bounty Placed On A Win

from Lightning Strikes,

Eric Assimakopoulos always has been generous with his employees. The owner of the HC Slovan hockey team, which faces the Lightning tonight in Bratislava, Slovakia, said he is trying to become the first league owner here to offer his players workman’s compensation. He has bought thousands of dollars in equipment for local kids, and he said his team was the first in Slovakia to give its players championship rings.

Now, Assimakopoulos, 38, a native New Yorker and real estate investor who said he still dreams of owning the Rangers,  told the St. Petersburg Times that if HC Slovan beats Tampa Bay, he will give each of his players a 10,000 Euros bonus. That is roughly $15,000.

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added 10:24am, According to Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes, today’s game will be streamed at osporte.sk.  The game is scheduled to begin at 1pm ET today.

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  Tags: hc+slovan

Tarnasky Traded To Nashville

from Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning traded rugged wing Nick Tarnasky to the Predators for a conditional 2009 draft pick. Tampa Bay received a sixth-round pick that would turn into a fifth if Tarnasky plays at least 50 games.

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