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Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy has all the details on the opening pitch from Boucher last night.
added 10:52am, another video below, with more angles...
from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
For the second time in eight years players are locked out in a labor dispute, and both times — in a stunning display of either bad timing or bad luck — it has disrupted the Lightning's chances to make even more inroads, competitively and economically, into its non-traditional market.
In 2004-05, it was the drive to defend the 2003-04 Stanley Cup title. But after the season was lost and a salary cap established, the team decided it could not keep goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. Eight years and 18 goalies later, it still is looking for a No. 1.
The 2012-13 season was supposed to be marketing gold, with the celebration of Tampa Bay's 20th anniversary season to be the thread that tied together an expected on-ice resurgence led by 60-goal scorer Steven Stamkos and newly acquired goalie Anders Lindback.
It still might be if the season is played, and no regular-season games have yet been lost . If it isn't, it's just a lost opportunity.
And those opportunities are important, said David Carter, a professor of sports business at the University of Southern California and executive director of the school's Sports Business Institute.
"How close did we come, we shook hands on it, that's how close.
"I'd been on it since Europe. I had an agreement with Len Barrie. I asked him if he had the authority to make the trade, and he assured me that he did, because he was an owner.
"But the next day, I found out that he didn't. He went to run the deal by [GM] Brian Lawton, who wanted no part of it. As I understood it, the way it was told to me, Barrie was still going to make the deal, but then he was told that he couldn't unless he got the approval of [co-owner] Oren Koules.
"Koules shot it down, that was the end of it."
-Glen Sather, GM for the New York Rangers on how close they were in trading for Steven Stamkos in 2008. More from Kevin Power of Blueshirt Banter.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
It's not easy to put Gary Roberts out of commission. Steven Stamkos almost did it in with one powerful squeeze this summer.
Stamkos, the Tampa Bay Lightning center, was playfully roughhousing with Roberts, a man 24 years his elder but one many consider to be among the toughest to ever play in the NHL. Stamkos put a vicelike grip on Roberts' bicep, and Roberts' arm started to throb, threatening to at least temporarily ruin his plans for golf that day.
Instead of anger, all Roberts felt was pride. After all, Roberts and his training methods are ultimately responsible for Stamkos' surge in strength during the past four years.
from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
The problem, St. Louis said, is the current CBA, which cut player salaries 24 percent after the 2004-05 lockout, "was (the owners') deal. And now that deal is not good anymore, so it's hard. It's hard to negotiate like that."
St. Louis stressed the union is "very strong, together, more than last time, no doubt about that."
He also said, "I believe in deadlines and I think a lot is going to happen in the next month. Hopefully we get a deal done."
If not, St. Louis said he expects to be playing in Europe by mid October: "If it gets to October it usually means (a lockout) will go longer, so mid October is a fair assessment where I'm not going somewhere for two weeks. ... You have to be patient before you go to Europe, but it's definitely an option guys will look into."
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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Jamie Langenbrunner to a one-year contract.
“We are excited that Jamie has agreed to stay in St. Louis,” said Armstrong. “His professionalism and leadership both on and off the ice are invaluable assets for our club.”
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has traded forward B.J. Crombeen and their fifth round pick in the 2014 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft to Tampa Bay in exchange for the Lightning’s fourth round pick in both the 2013 and 2014 Entry Drafts.
“I would like to thank BJ and his wife, Janet, for their time here in St. Louis,” said Armstrong. “BJ gave us everything he had on the ice and along with his wife, was very active in our community.”
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed right wing Teddy Purcell to a three-year contract extension, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. The contract runs from 2013-14 to 2015-16.
Purcell, 26, skated in 81 games last season with the Lightning, recording 24 goals and 65 points to go along with 16 penalty minutes. He set career highs in goals, assists (41), points, power-play goals (eight), game-winning goals (three) and plus/minus (+9). The 6-foot-2, 201-pound forward ranked first on the Bolts for plus/minus, second for assists, and third for goals and points. Purcell registered a Lightning season-high and career-best, 11-game point streak from February 21 through March 8, tallying seven goals and 11 assists during the stretch. He also represented Canada at the IIHF World Championships, registering a goal and two points in eight games.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Anders Lindback to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Lindback, 24, played in 16 games this past season with the Predators, compiling a record of 5-8-0 to go along with a 2.42 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. The 6-foot-6, 203-pound goaltender has appeared in 38 career NHL games, all with Nashville, registering a 16-13-2 record, with a 2.53 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. One of the league’s tallest goaltenders, Lindback made his NHL debut on October 9, 2010 against the Anaheim Ducks in a relief effort. He made seven consecutive starts from December 4-17 during the 2010-11 season, posting a 6-0-1 record with a 1.43 goals against average and a .949 save percentage.
via Gord Miller tweet,
Sammy Salo signed a two year deal with Tampa for $3.75m per year.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, one-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Pouliot was acquired from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Michel Ouellet and their fifth round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on June 23.
Pouliot, 25, played in 74 games with the Boston Bruins last season, collecting 16 goals and 32 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes. The Alfred, Ontario native set career highs in goals and points last season. Pouliot ranked third on Boston in game-winning goals with five and eighth in goals and plus/minus (+16). He also skated in seven playoff games with the Bruins, posting a goal and two points
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