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Ohlund Out With Knee Issue

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund will be out at least two weeks with inflammation in his right knee, GM Steve Yzerman said. Captain Vinny Lecavalier also missed Monday’s practice with a foot contusion sustained Saturday against the Panthers. It is not considered serious. As for Ohlund it is the same knee on which Ohlund was scoped during the summer.

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Another Stevie Y?

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Steven Stamkos has the potential to do for the Tampa Bay Lightning what Steve Yzerman did for the Detroit Red Wings.

“It was surreal,” Stamkos said of meeting Yzerman. “He was my favorite player growing up and now he is my boss.”

Yzerman wore No. 19, and Stamkos wears No. 91. Both were budding NHL stars before their 20th birthday.

Stamkos was tied for the league goal-scoring title last season with 51. He has 74 goals over his first two seasons, and Yzerman had 69. Yzerman had 176 points in his first two seasons, and Stamkos has 141.

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Seeking Perfection

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

So, there we were at Tampa Bay Lightning practice on Tuesday, when several players who, apparently, had not completed their task to the satisfaction of coach Guy Boucher dropped and did 10 push-ups. The scenario was repeated several times over the 60-plus minutes the team was on the ice.

Coach Guy Boucher said it is one way to remind the players to be better.

“I always believe there needs to be consequences to anything, to get that same competitive level in your practices,” he said. “So, sometimes it’s push-ups, sometimes it’s laps. It depends which day how I feel, but there’s always consequences to things. You do it right, great. You don’t, that’s to make sure you remember.”

Can’t help but think after that that Boucher has a little Tortorella in him in his quest for perfection. And that seems exactly what that quest is about.

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The Bolts Beat, 09/27/10: The Gang Talks Preseason Games, Cuts, Suspensions, Fantasy Hockey & More

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, JJ and co-host Mike Corcoran cover the Lightning’s recent preseason road trip, roster moves made thereafter, NHL discipline issues (including the recent Nick Boynton/Blair Jones incident), predictions for how Tampa Bay’s final roster may end up, fantasy hockey strategy and Jon (of course) continues his New York Jets elation, much to the dismay of Mike and fellow contributor, Tampa Bay Lightning.com’s Mark Pukalo.

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Lightning Roster Cuts Narrow Down Battles at Forward and on Defense

With 21 cuts announced on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Lightning are left with 28 players in training camp. While nothing is certain, it appears there are six players vying for three roster spots at forward and three in the mix for the seventh and eighth slots on the defensive depth chart, with goaltender Cedrick Desjardins remaining with the big club, while Mike Smith recovers from an injury to his right ring finger.

Barring anything drastic, which would be a major surprise at this point, it looks like ten forwards can be penciled in to remain with the Bolts come opening night. In that group, I have Sean Bergenheim, Steve Downie, Simon Gagne, Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Malone, Dominic Moore, Teddy Purcell, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Nate Thompson. On defense, six men appear to have a spot on the Lightning blueline out of the gate: Brett Clark, Victor Hedman, Randy Jones, Pavel Kubina, Mike Lundin and Mattias Ohlund.

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Oops Dan Ellis

Maybe we can add Dan Ellis as an alumnus of the Hasek School of Stickhandling?

Taylor Hall will never have an easier goal.

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Yzerman Doing It The Right Way

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The sunshine and the sea make Tampa a place any free agent would consider. But what of the player who wants to win a Cup?

Yzerman — and his Detroit pedigree — can change all of that in Tampa.

“If we do a good job, treat people properly, we’ll be able to attract good players when we show we’re a good organization. Just because it’s me (in the GM chair)? No,” he said.

Nobody goes to Detroit, because Holland is the GM. Or Pittsburgh for Ray Shero.

They go there because those men have built organizations that can be trusted. Trusted to compete, honour their word, and treat people right.

It will take a while, but assuming Vinik is who Yzerman believes him to be, they’ll be saying those same things about the Tampa Bay Lightning one day.

Likely sooner than you think.

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Caps are Still the Caps, Which is Bad News for Everyone Else

Of all five Southeast Division clubs, the Washington Capitals of 2010-11 will look the most like themselves from a year ago, having added only a spattering of depth to the lineup that captured the President’s Trophy last season. Alas, as the reigning division champ and still the clear-cut class of the division, if it ain’t broke, well, you know… But a first-round playoff exit thanks to Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens left an awful taste in the mouths of Bruce Boudreau’s squad, meaning improvements are in order this year for sure. (Or else?)

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Turnaround in Tampa Starts at the Top

Before a single tweak to the roster, the Tampa Bay Lightning were already poised for improvement in 2010-11. With the tumultuous era of previous ownership already behind them when the sale of the team to Jeff Vinik was completed late last season, gone in an instant were any and all off-ice concerns and the circus went back to being an annual visitor to the St. Pete Times Forum rather than a permanent resident. With the appointment of Steve Yzerman as general manager, credibility returned to the franchise and new head coach Guy Boucher was widely regarded as the hottest commodity on the off-season coaching market.

Without a solitary player move, hockey life in Tampa was good again.

But far be it from Yzerman to rest on the comfort that fans surely feel by him simply not being one of those other guys. The addition of former Flyers forward Simon Gagne headlines a list of shrewd off-season maneuvers for the rookie GM and the revamped roster could very well translate to the sort of on-ice success that will make Lightning followers quickly forgot about three non-playoff seasons gone by.

 

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Yzerman Has Positive Comments When It Comes To Winnipeg And The NHL

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Count Steve Yzerman among those who believes the NHL would be wise to return to Winnipeg somewhere down the line.

The new general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning spoke glowingly of the possibility on Monday, just a few days before his club hosts the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in an NHL pre-season game at the MTS Centre Wednesday night.

“I think the current CBA is favourable to small-market teams and a city like Winnipeg, I’m quite confident they could fill their building,” Yzerman said in a telephone interview. “I don’t know the details of it all, but I think Winnipeg could be a good option for the NHL to put a team into.”

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