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Morning Line- Jon Cooper

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Will Only Improve With Victor Hedman Back In The Lineup

from Erik Erlendsson o fhe Tampa Tribune,

Now that he’s back in the lineup, it’s difficult not to think Tampa Bay will be even better, which is quite a possibility for a team that enters tonight’s game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in a six-way tie for the most points in the league with 34.

Hedman fractured a finger at Vancouver on Oct. 18, the fifth game of the season, and had surgery to insert pins two days later. Including the game Hedman left, Tampa Bay was 13-5-1 without him.

Hedman returned on Saturday against Ottawa, logging 19 minutes and 55 seconds of ice time and looking as if he never missed a beat. He had three shots on goal, two hits, two blocked shots and was a plus-2.

“He was commanding out there, with and without the puck,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said of Hedman’s first game in six weeks. “It’s great to have him back. It takes a lot of relief off other guys who play big minutes on our team. I’m sure when he gets his legs more, he’ll play more. But in the second and third (periods), he was outstanding.’’

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Jonathan Drouin Would Prefer To Stay With Tampa Than Play In WJC

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Team Canada will announce its roster for its World Junior camp on Monday.

Whether touted Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin is on it or not, he said he'd prefer to continue playing in the NHL rather than participate in the tournament, which is from Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Toronto and Montreal. The camp is from Dec. 7-9, with exhibitions starting Dec. 19.

"To be honest, I'd rather stay here," Drouin said Saturday. "It's one month you're away from the team and a lot of stuff is going to happen. I'd rather be here than play for World Juniors."

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via Bob McKenzie tweets today...

Players invited do not include eligible NHLers (Lazar OTT, Duclair NYR, Horvat VAN, Drouin TB, Ekblad FLA, MacKinnon COL, Bennett CGY *inj).

Ekblad and MacKinnon, of course, are not actual considerations. Decisions on other four will be made by NHL clubs no later than Dec. 19.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Trade Eric Brewer To Anaheim Ducks

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a third-round pick in 2015 from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Eric Brewer, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

The 2015 third round pick the Lightning received from the Ducks was previously acquired from the Edmonton Oilers.

added 5:14pm,

 


 

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Video- The Tampa Bay Lightning Honor Martin St. Louis

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

Set to Bastille’s “Pompeii,” the video began with a shot of St. Louis with his hands on the top of his stick, head down and shuffling his skates during a pregame introduction, which was followed by a quick montage of goal celebrations through the seasons. That was followed by a replay of the triple-overtime, series-clinching goal St. Louis scored against the Washington Capitals during the 2003 first-round series, the first playoff series victory in franchise history.

That cut away to “With our sincere gratitude” before a replay of the double-overtime goal St. Louis scored against Calgary during the 2004 Stanley Cup final.

Then “For 13 seasons’’ flashed up on the board followed by a picture of the center-ice scene when the Lightning won the Cup, with a zoomed-in shot of a bleeding St. Louis with a smile on his face....

As the video concluded, St. Louis came off the New York bench, raised his glove to the fans and touched the glove to his chest, which he did on two occasions as the applause turned into a standing ovation.

“I was very flattered by the ovation, and I wanted to give them the proper thank you,” St. Louis said. “It was great, it brought up a lot of memories, I felt I wanted to give them the thank you that they deserved.’’

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Video- Jon Cooper On the Return Of Marty St. Louis To Tampa Tomorrow

via the Tampa Bay Lightning...

Lightning coach Jon Cooper gives his opinion on the return of Marty St. Louis to Tampa Bay on Wednesday night at Amalie Arena.

 

 

 

added 1:56pm, Pierre LeBrun talked with St. Louis...

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Victor Hedman Not Expected Back Until Early December

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Lightning hit the four-week mark since D Victor Hedman was lost to a fractured finger.

The team’s top defenseman was off to a fast start with three goals and seven points in four games before getting injured in the second period in Vancouver on Oct. 18.

The original diagnosis for Hedman’s return was four to six weeks, but after undergoing surgery to have pins placed in the right index finger, that timeline will end up being at least seven weeks. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said he expects Hedman to be out until early December.

Hedman has been skating on his own but has yet to be cleared to take shots.

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Video- Brent Seabrook With A Cross Check On Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson did not return to the game and Jon Cooper only said he was being evaluated.

 

Below, the Tampa broadcast view of the hit...

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Steven Stamkos, One Year After His Broken Leg

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

A year later, and 15 games into this season, Stamkos still feels the effects of the injury with constant minor reminders, whether it’s a slight pain in the leg or some discomfort when he gets out of bed every day.

There remains uncertainty if the leg will ever be back to normal.

“That’s kind of the million dollar question, is it ever going to feel the same way as before,’’ Stamkos said. “It may never and I’m hoping one day I’ll wake up and it just feels like a regular leg. But I don’t know if that’s going to happen.

“Your body has a new norm now, and that’s been an adjustment. But mentally, it’s been night and day compared to where I ended the season off last year to where I am at this point the season.’’

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The Real Deal In Tampa

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

It was notable that the Lightning routed the Blue Jackets on Saturday night, putting up seven goals, and their captain and offensive leader Steven Stamkos had just one assist in less than 17 minutes of ice time. It's a reminder of how deep and talented the Lightning are this season.

On Sunday, Stamkos sent a reminder of his own: He can still take over a game. Stamkos scored his ninth and 10th goals this season, and the Lightning picked up another two points on the road by completing a sweep in Columbus and Detroit.

Sometimes, trendy preseason picks struggle with increased expectations (Hey, Dallas!) but the Lightning are proving every bit as good as everyone predicted, and they're doing it all without star defenseman Victor Hedman. With 23 points in 15 games this season, Tampa Bay sits at the top of the NHL.

read on for Burnside on the Rangers  and Strang and LeBrun on the Ducks and Canucks...

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