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Vincent Lecavalier participated in an NHL tele-conference today…
Q. Do you ever reflect back on the lockout and did it spoil the momentum of Tampa? Do you think if there had been no lockout, you might have picked up where you left off?
VINCENT LECAVALIER: Well, obviously we had it broken a little bit. Because after you’ve won a Cup, you’re excited to come back into the season. I had to go play in Russia. Guys were playing in Europe. Some guys weren’t playing at all. Yeah, I think it definitely didn’t help. But there’s no excuse for anything. Everybody started again after that, the next year after that, so..
Detroit Red Wings- Time to get your website up-to-date.
Searching for information on last night’s Wings/Bolts game, I was kind of shocked to see the lead story at the Wings website was, “Chelios bags overtime winner vs Pens”. An AP story from 4 days ago.
Thanks to the Tampa Bay site, I was able to get a complete rundown of the game last night.
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
So the Leafs lose a key player at centre when they’re thin, and the Bolts lose their best defenceman off a relatively thin blueline. In a similar way, another Eastern Conference playoff hopeful, Atlanta, has to be terribly worried about early season groin problems being experienced by No. 1 goaltender Kari Lehtonen. If Lehtonen’s out, only Johan Hedberg stands between the opposition and big-time trouble.
The salary cap, of course, dictates that every team has to make decisions where to spend and where not to spend, leaving most teams with a part of their roster they just have to hope and pray won’t be hit by injuries. It’s a judgment call, but right now, for example, the Senators are looking pretty smart for hanging on to goalie Martin Gerber, with starter Ray Emery’s immediate future still cloudy due to ongoing post-surgical wrist issues.
From USA Today,
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle’s severed tendons in his wrist area were surgically repaired Sunday and he’s projected to be out of the lineup four to six weeks. Boyle was injured in a freak accident after Saturday’s loss to Washington when his skate fell off its hook and sliced his wrist.
“The doctors who did the surgery today said it was a cut with surgical precision,” said Tampa Bay general manager Jay Feaster.
According to Feaster, Boyle told him that he put his skates on the hook, as he always does, and was talking to teammate Doug Janik when it came crashing down. Feaster said members of the media heard the lid of Boyle’s cubicle slam shut, and they theorize that the vibration knocked the skate off the hook.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Dan Boyle will undergo surgery on Sunday following a freak accident at the end of Saturday’s 2-1 pre-season loss to the Washington Capitals.
Boyle was injured in the Lightning locker room when distracted while hanging up his skates. A skate slipped off of the hook and hit him in his left wrist, cutting a tendon.
He was to have surgery on Sunday and will be out of action for several weeks.
from Lightning Strikes,... John Tortorella on training camp soreness & injuries…
“...I’m not going to wait because of a name or because of someone projected. I’m not too interested in projections. I’m interested in getting people on the ice and getting their work done. I’m not coming down on any body here, I just want define it. Everybody is sore. Everybody is nicked up once you start camp. That’s what we go by here….”
from the St. Petersburg Times,
Lightning goaltender Marc Denis turned down an interview request Friday.
No matter, goaltenders coach Jeff Reese picked up the slack, sticking up not only for Denis, who is trying to resurrect his career after a brutal season, but Johan Holmqvist and Karri Ramo, the other contenders for Tampa Bay’s two goalie spots.
“We’re tired of hearing about goaltending,” Reese said. “I know I am, and I can just imagine how they all feel. I think they’ve got a lot to prove, and I think they’d like to silence a lot of people.”
“I’m not going to dodge it. We have some questions there that have to be answered,” Tortorella said. “My mind is wide open as far as that position is concerned.”
from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,
Remember when one of the big jokes in the NHL was a division referred to as the “Southleast?”
Well those days are gone, as much because two of the last three Stanley Cup winners have come from the Southeast Division as the concentration of electrifying talents like Alexander Ovechkin, Vincent Lecavalier and Marian Hossa who reside in the neighborhood.
But heading into the new season, there really is not one team here with more than an outside shot at adding something to the division’s trophy case.
from the St. Peterburg Times,
What are the biggest concerns? Here are 10 burning questions…
What’s with the goalies?
Marc Denis and Johan Holmqvist were really bad at times last season, and statistically they were among the worst. Karri Ramo played 70 minutes, but it was Denis and Holmqvist who were most responsible for the team’s .884 save percentage, last in the league, and a 3.11 goals-against average that was 24th. Holmqvist, with 27 regular-season victories, showed promise, though he couldn’t carry the team in the playoffs. Denis is the bigger concern. If Tampa Bay could have dealt him over the summer it would have, but his $2.8-million salary wiped out any market value. Now it hopes he resurrects his career.
from Lightning Strikes,
There is so much that is interesting about what Tim Taylor is about to go through, it is difficult to know where to start; so let’s get the basic information out of the way first. The Lightning captain will have surgery on his degenerative right hip Thursday at Tampa’s University Community Hospital. Orthopedic surgeon Steve Raterman will perform the operation that will shave down Taylor’s right femur and insert it into a metal hip socket to ease movement.
If all goes well, and after three weeks when he will need help walking, Taylor could, perhaps, be back in the lineup by February….
Taylor hoped to rehab the injury back into shape during the summer. But the pain became so bad he said he had to stop running and could not sleep without taking an anti-inflammatory drug. He said NHL Productions will record his surgery and rehab.
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