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From Eduardo A. Encina at the St. Petersburg Times,
After meeting with him Wednesday in New York, Lightning team president Ron Campbell said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told him the sale of the team appears ahead of schedule.
Campbell attended Wednesday’s game in New Jersey to take in the Devils’ new $375-million arena, the Prudential Center.
Earlier in the day, Campbell met with Bettman at the league offices and received an update on the sale of the team, the St. Pete Times Forum lease and 51/2 acres of adjoining land from Palace Sports & Entertainment to Absolute Hockey Enterprises. Campbell said he still anticipates the deal would be completed by the Dec. 31 deadline.
continued… (*plus other odds & ends on the Lightning)
From Erik Erlendsson at The Tampa Tribune,
After the game, Lightning coach John Tortorella didn’t hide his frustration with his team’s play in an expletive-laden, two-answer session with the media.
‘We were undisciplined, but up until then we had one player play, our goalie,’ Tortorella said. ‘Our goalie gives us a chance after two periods and we can’t put 20 minutes of disciplined hard hockey together, so we’re not even close tonight, not even close, so we don’t deserve anything. We spent more time looking at referees for calls ... moaning about it instead of playing, so we don’t deserve to win tonight.
‘It’s very frustrating to see one guy show up tonight and play, and that’s our goalie. That’s it.’
more… (*Lightning have lost all 4 of their road games this season)
From Damian Cristodero at Lighting Strikes,
It appears that defenseman Dan Boyle, who missed the season’s first nine games after three tendons in his left wrist were sliced by a falling skate, will return to the lineup for tonight’s game against the Rangers.
from the St. Petersburg Times,
Tortorella said he wants Sullivan, 39, to take even more responsibility, lead team meetings and be a presence in the locker room, when necessary, to keep the message fresh.
“I’m tired of hearing myself talk, really,” Tortorella said. “The evolution of this team right now is to hear a different voice and a man with different ideas who is willing to challenge to get his ideas across. Sully has the strength to handle that.”
from Bolts Report,
Lightning center Vinny Lecavalier and his philanthropic corporate partners have committed $3 million over the next eight years toward the construction of the new All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. The money will be earmarked for a 26,500-sq. ft. pediatric cancer facility which will bear Lecavalier’s name.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
From Erik Erlendsson at TBO,
In the weeks leading up to his surgery, the 13-year NHL veteran, who hopes to be back on the ice and in uniform in February, was told by the surgeon he’d be ready to get back on the golf course within a month of the procedure. That’s something Taylor quickly found out might have been a stretch of the truth as far as he was concerned.
In his first discussion, Taylor talks about why he didn’t feel like walking to the bathroom, let alone picking up a golf club, that his entire right leg was sore after the surgery, and what it was like trying to do normal things around the house.
more… *the Tampa Bay Lightning captain shares details of his rehab.
*photo gallery also available
via Lightning Strikes,
Despite a report by the Hockey News that the Senators and Penguins will play next season in Prague, the word from NHL officials is the Lightning is still the league’s first choice to play Pittsburgh to open next season and Ottawa is the backup.
*more on the original report here
An interview from the Tampa Tribune, with Lukowich:
Why start a record company in the first place?
I’m a terrible golfer. I found that I had a lot of spare time during the lockout just sitting around the house, and all I was doing was listening to music. [...]
And now your entrepreneurial spirit has led you to founding a restaurant with some buddies in Dallas. How’d that happen?
Literally, we were sitting around one day and I was like, ‘Man, we should open something that when I retire, when you guys are done, we all need to have some way to stay connected.’ That’s one thing that kills me, losing touch with people back home.
continued… including Lukowich’s transition to playing back in Tampa, and more
From Carter Gaddis at The Tampa Tribune,
Foremost in Vinny Prospal’s mind coming into his 11th NHL season was to get off to a good start. After a drop in production to 55 points last year from 80 in 2005-06, it was imperative that he not allow the downward spiral to begin again.
“I just didn’t want to go through what I went through last year,” Prospal said after scoring two goals in Tampa Bay’s 5-2 victory Saturday against Atlanta. “Everybody struggles, but it’s always easier when you get to that point in the season when you have something to look back to. And last year, from the beginning, I really didn’t have anything to look back to.”
Prospal — who has entered the final year of his contract with the Lightning — didn’t score his third goal last season until the team’s 18th game on Nov. 15. Through two games, he has three goals.
From Eduardo A. Encina at the St. Petersburg Times,
For Doug MacLean and Oren Koules, opening night was just one reason to celebrate.
Their group, which is attempting to purchase the Lightning, is pleased with the progress of the application process. And one of the investment partners, Mark Burg, believes in the acquisition so much that he has doubled his stake, Koules said Thursday.
Koules said he hopes the sale to Absolute Hockey Enterprises - MacLean, the ex-Blue Jackets president, Coral Springs real estate developer Jeff Sherrin, Hollywood producers Koules and Burg and Tampa attorney Steve Burton - by Palace Sports & Entertainment will be finalized by the time the NHL board of governors meets in late November at Pebble Beach, Calif.
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