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Kolzig Faces Autism Head-On

from Damien Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Christin Kolzig was trying to hold a conversation when son Carson climbed into her lap and whispered in her ear. “Can we do it now?” he asked. “I can’t now,” Christin said. But Carson, who turns 8 on Jan. 1, was persistent in his quest for help setting up a favorite video game on his laptop. Christin laughed like she was being tickled and called husband, Olie, to get their son settled. “You learn to appreciate these moments,” Christin said. “You just realize what a miracle it is to have happy kids. In our world, you forget about that stuff.”

The Kolzigs’ world changed forever when Carson, at 15 months, was diagnosed with autism. It was devastating, said Olie, the Lightning’s backup goaltender. And it took time for the family, which now includes daughters Kendall, 6, and Ashlyn, 5, to realize what it faced.

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Morning Line

It’s plain and simple, there’s not enough guys that want to make a difference, their clock killers, that’s all it is.  I’m [expletive] fed up.’’

“I don’t think there’s enough guys who really want to win. Yeah, we say the right things, but [forget] that.  What’s winning? It’s being aware of every flipping play that matters, especially now when you’re in a hole. When you’re six or seven games over .500 and everything is rosy, you can make mistakes, it happens, you can live with it. But right now, when we’re in the situation we are, it’s plain and simple embarrassing.’’

-Marty St. Louis after the Lightning lost to the Thrashers last night.  More from Eric Erlendsson at Bolts Report.

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Time To Dump The Shootout

from Damian Cristodero of the Stt. Peterburg Times,

The shootout must go. It is an argument that will fall on deaf ears. The fans love it, and if the fans love it, the league loves it, too. But after what happened Thursday in the Lightning’s shootout loss to the Avalanche, it should be clear the shootout is evil.

Start with this: It is a gimmick, and a gimmick should never determine who wins and loses a game. Earlier this season, the Lightning and Senators needed eight rounds to decide a winner. That is not a test of skill; it is a coin flip and a disservice to players who knocked themselves out for the previous 65 minutes.

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Jokinen Clears Waivers

from Bolts Report,

Jussi Jokinen has cleared waivers this afternoon and will play tonight against Atlanta. Tampa Bay general manager Brian Lawton said that as of now there is no intention of sending down to AHL Norfolk and possibly putting him on recall waivers.

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Walkom Backs His Officials

from Lightning Strikes,

Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating, said the ruling that Lightning goaltender Mike Smith deliberately threw his stick to disrupt Milan Hejduk’s shootout attempt on Thursday was the correct call.

“It was a very tough call. It was a gutsy call. It was a call that was made in an instant, and I support the call,” Walkom said.

Walkom said the referees did it right by conferring amongst themselves to try to get the call correct. As for perhaps in the future expanding video replay to include such situations, Walkom said no because, “Where does it stop. It’s a judgment call. You can watch this play 1,000 times, and the only thing you can say is the decision that was made you need to support.

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In case you didn’t not see the disputed call, you can see it here.

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Tampa Puts Jussi Jokinen on Waivers

From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes:

The Tampa Bay Lightning placed Jussi Jokinen on waivers at noon Friday. We will know whether he clears or is picked up by another team at noon Saturday. Jokinen has six goals but zero in his past 15 games.

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What A Save - Not

from Lightning Strikes,

The only rule applicable to what occurred in Thursday night’s game is 26-4, which states that a goal will be awarded when, during a penalty shot, a shot is disrupted by a deliberately thrown stick. That is what the officials had to determine. They obviously determined Lightning goaltender Mike Smith threw his stick on Milan Hejduk’s shootout attempt. That gave the Avalanche a 1-0 win in the shootout and a 2-1 win in the game.

continued and you decide by watching the video.  This call is not reviewable, so instant reply was not used in the decision process.

from Adrian Dater of All Thing Avs,

I think it was a bad call, that Smith just dropped his stick after making a kinda-sorta save on Hedgie’s initial attempt.

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Was Drafting Stamkos A Mistake?

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News, .

..The Bolts ought to have drafted Doughty. Had they done so, they might even be challenging for a playoff berth right now.

Of course, it could be equally likely Doughty would be in the same predicament as Stamkos, laboring like the dickens along with the rest of his Lightning teammates. But take a gander at Doughty’s stats with the Kings and tell me he wouldn’t have greatly aided settle Tampa’s home-zone coverage.

As of mid-December, Doughty led all of Los Angeles’ skaters in ice time, averaging a rookie-best 23:40 per game. If he’d eaten-up that many minutes a night while wearing a Lightning jersey, odds are Tampa GM Brian Lawton might not have had to use up precious cap room and roster space on journeymen defensemen such as Marek Malik and Steve Eminger.

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Gary Roberts Ready To Retire At End Of This Season

from Lightning Strikes,

The most interesting thing to come out of the Thursday’s morning skate (well, the morning meeting, there wasn’t really a skate) is that left wing Gary Roberts will retire after this season….

“I don’t think there’s any doubt, I’m gone after this season,” Roberts said. “I’m going to retire. I’d like to finish on a god note. I’d like to come back and prove I can play and hopefully stay healthy enough to finish the season and finish playing a stretch of games and at least have some success. I’d like to finish on a high note.”

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Vinny & Tocchet Talk

from Lightning Strikes,

Lightning coach Rick Tocchet met with captain Vinny Lecavalier for about an hour after Tuesday’s practice at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Tocchet did not get into specifics about what they spoke, but said the meting was a good one. Broadly, the coach said the discussion was about how the locker room can better police itself, especially after Saturday’s dreadful 2-0 loss to the Senators in Ottawa.

“He cares. He’s a great kid,” Tocchet said. “He’s learning what it takes. It’s not only about him playing. It’s about what his team should be all about.”

Tocchet talked about cleaning up some sloppiness in how the Lightning is conducting itself on and off the ice.

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