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Richards A Game Time Decision

from Lightning Strikes,

...coach John Tortorella, who seemed confident center Brad Richards will play tonight against the Canadiens, but said the final decision would be made at game time.

Even if Richards doesn’t play, it does not sound as if the injury to his left knee is as severe as it seemed it might be Monday night, when he left the game midway through the second period after slamming into the end boards with Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle on his back.

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No Word On Richards’ Injury

from Lightning Strikes,

Brad Richards, limping noticeably as he left the locker room Monday night, declined comment about his injured left knee, and coach John Tortorella said he had “no idea’’ about his star center’s status. Richards, though, did travel with the team to Montreal, where the Lightning plays on Tuesday.

That the Lightning lost 6-1 to the Maple Leafs in what Tortorella called “just an old-fashioned (expletive) kicking’’ was bad enough, but consider the possibilities if Richards is out

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Vinny or Sid?

From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet.ca,

Crosby will definitely be “The Man” in the NHL for the next 15 years and deservedly so. But are people overlooking what Lecavalier is doing for the Tampa Bay Lightning right now?

“He is the best player in the league; I don’t think there’s any question about that,” Lightning GM Jay Feaster said on the phone to Sportsnet.ca from Tampa on Monday. “I thought he was the best player in the league last year. I think he’s the most complete two-way player in the game today.”

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No Clowning Around For Tortorella

from Lightning Strikes,

A day after the whole media clowns thing, we decide it would be funny if when coach Tortorella came in to meet with reporters today after practice at the St. Pete Times Forum, we all would wear red clown noses. Low and behold, one of the media relations people for the Lightning said he had a box of red noses from when the circus was in town, and he runs to his office to get them.

So Torts comes into the meeting room, looks at four people with red noses, breathes deeply and says, “Great guys. Can we get going here, please. I have things to do.”

Didn’t even break a grin.

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Always Good With The Quotes

from Lightning Strikes,

The interview finally wound around to how Lightning players were quite down on themselves after the game; glad for the victory but upset that they let the third period get away from them by allowing two goals in 36 seconds with under two minutes remaining.

Said Tortorella: “The team has always been that way,’’ meaning good at self-assessment. “Some of the (media) clowns around here don’t understand it. Not you two,’’ he said of me and Erik.

Tortorella didn’t say at whom he was upset. But something certainly got under his skin somewhere between the morning skate and the end of the game.

read on... you will find out who are not the clowns…

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Lightning Not About To Go Back To The Old Way

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal, Lightning owner,

Bill Davidson, won’t do anything to hurt the team financially according to Tom Wilson.

“The only thing categorically I would say is that the odds of us going from spending $43 to $33 million are zero,” says Wilson. “It’s just not going to happen. We don’t have any interest in going back to that kind of program. The time you go back to that is when you’re awful, when you have no chance.” …

Bryan Murray has a dilemma: One of the Ottawa general manager’s goalies (Martin Gerber) is overpaid. And the other (Ray Emery) is undertalented.

more NHL bits from the Maven…

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Could Tampa Bay Move One Of The Big Three

Spector has an analysis on the talk that the Bolts may move Lecavalier, St. Louis or Richards.

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Bolts May Wait For An Offer To Fall Into Their Lap

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Wilson said he still is trying to make sense of the tumult surrounding the now-dead $200-million proposal that included the St. Pete Times Forum lease and 5 1/2 acres of nearby land in Tampa.

He also tried to allay “understandable” fan nervousness about the team’s future.

Wilson said he still has “some degree of optimism” Absolute Hockey Enterprises’ main players can resolve their differences and resurrect the purchase.

If they do not, he said, the team will not be shopped—“we’re not hiring a broker to see who might have interest in the Tampa Bay Lightning”—but offers that “fall out of the sky” will be considered.

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Lawsuit Filed Between Prospective Tampa Bay Buyers

via WTSP,

Florida Real Estate developer Jeff Sherrin, TV show executive producer Oren Koules, and and long-time hockey executive Doug MacClean are three of the principals in Absolute Hockey Enterprises, the group which was trying to purchase the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning confirm a lawsuit was filed between two of the partners in the ownership group.

The current owners are still hopeful they will be able to sell the hockey team to Absolute Hockey Enterprises or members of that group.

added 8:57pm, via Sports Network,

The sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning to Absolute Hockey Enterprises came to a screeching halt Monday due to a legal disagreement between Jeff Sherrin and Oren Koules, the principal partners in the deal.

Sherrin, who owns a vast amount of real estate, and the Venture Capital Group, is suing Koules in excess of $75,000. In court documents filed Monday in the 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County, Sherrin sued Koules for using highly confidential information for trying to broker his own deal to acquire the team, circumventing the partnership plan.

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All About NHL Ice

From Carter Gaddis at The Tampa Tribune,

It’s alive. The ice, that is. Not in the biological, breathing-in-and-out sense that defines much of the life on this planet.

But to Tim Friedenberger, it often seems as if the massive sheet of frozen water at the St. Pete Times Forum has a mind of its own. And if it can think…

“It is alive,” said Friedenberger, the Forum’s vice president of facility operations. “It’s a living thing. I’d say every facility, the ice has a personality.”

Like any living thing, a sheet of ice has its good days and bad. A unique facet of the NHL is how vulnerable the aesthetics of the game itself can be to the vagaries of the playing surface.

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