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Prospal Off to Lightning Fast Start

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.

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Tampa Sale Progressing

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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Clock Ticking In Tampa

from the St. Peterburg Times,

Is this the last season four of the league’s best players - St. Louis, Vinny Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Dan Boyle - are together as a group?

“If you want to think about that, go ahead,” St. Louis said. “It’s not something we’re going to think about.”

But general manager Jay Feaster admitted, “The clock is ticking.”

And perhaps only a deep playoff run can postpone the alarm.

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Tampa’s Injury Epidemic

From Erik Erlendsson at the Tampa Tribune

The training room inside the Lightning locker room resembled a corner coffee house during the preseason - it’s where everyone seemed to assemble.

And it wasn’t all just for social hour.

Tampa Bay’s media relations staff found itself dealing with daily injury reports as much as any other request since training camp opened Sept. 13. It got to be so epidemic-like that by the end of the second exhibition game - and on more than one occasion since - Lightning coach John Tortorella informed his players not to discuss anything related to injuries with members of the media.

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Next NHL Stop- Prague

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The NHL is planning to start its 2008-09 season with a short series, likely two games, in Prague, Czech Republic. The series likely would involve the Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Penguins had no comment, but multiple league sources said they were being considered for participation in the league’s next oversees series. Those sources said that many details still must be worked out before an official announcement, but that the Penguins and Lightning were the league’s preferred participants for a regular-season series in Prague.

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All Lecavalier

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..

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Pick It Up Red Wings

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.

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Challenges Early

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.

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Dan Boyle Out 4-6 Weeks

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.

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Tampa’s Dan Boyle Injured in Freak Accident

From TSN,

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.

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