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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
One day Feaster will have to fire Tortorella – eventually, every GM does it – but that day doesn’t look as though it will happen any time soon.
What’s more likely to happen is the Lightning looking for goaltending help. Johan Holmqvist’s play was problematic on Saturday night and the Lightning were out-goaled by Rick DiPietro on Long Island last week. Prior to that, in games against New Jersey and the New York Rangers, the Lightning looked lethargic and uninspired, which helped fuel some of that Tortorella talk.
added 3:11pm, from Lightning Strikes on a trade for a goalie,
Never say never, but as it stands now, such a trade is very, very remote for several reasons. The Lightning already is about $2-million over its self-imposed $44-million salary cap, so any trade, unless ownership had a 180-degree change of heart regarding how much it is willing to pay, would have to include payroll going out. Who do you get rid of?
from Lightning Strikes,
Dan Boyle did not practice Sunday and will have an MRI Monday to make sure the three surgically repaired tendons in his left wrist are healing properly. Coach John Tortorella said Boyle will not play Monday at Florida, and said the team has some concerns about the strength in the hand.
The camera followed Tim Taylor into surgery as he attempts to make a comeback after hip surgery.
Make sure to click the Tim Taylor tag for more stories on Tim…
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
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