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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Yzerman, 48, On Tuesday took some time to share his thoughts on several topics, from his evolution as a general manager to the difficulty, or ease, depending on how you look at it, of maintaining his organizaional vision on the NHL level and with AHL Syracuse.
On his contract extension: Four years have gone by very quickly. Initially, when I was excited about the opportunity and Jeff offered me the position, first and foremost was my meeting with him and how much I enjoyed talking with him and his vision of the organization, and that hasn’t changed to date. We’ve got a lot to do. We’ve made a lot of changes that you see on the ice and off the ice. We’ve got a lot of work left to do and as an organization as a whole and a team (we're) going in the right direction. I want to continue with the process, and I’m grateful to get the opportunity to continue.
Two giveaways by Tampa Bay goaltender lead to two goals for the Calgary Flames. The Flames won the game 4-1.
Tell me exactly what the ref saw to make this tripping call on Valtteri Filppula?
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Tampa Bay Lightning made it clear to Ryan Callahan’s camp that they want the player past this season.
The pending UFA's agent, the veteran Steve Bartlett, told ESPN.com Tuesday that he chatted with Steve Yzerman in Buffalo over the past weekend, at which point the Bolts GM made it clear they'd like to talk extension after the season.
Yzerman, also reached Tuesday, said for now the focus is on hockey, on making the playoffs and on doing well in the playoffs. The GM will focus on Callahan’s future later.
"He’s just going to play hockey and we’ll talk when the season’s over," Yzerman told ESPN.com.
continued plus topics like John Tortorella, Andrei Markov, Jagr signing again with New Jersey and the future of Randy Carlyle and even more than that.
Tampa Bay pulled their goale on a delayed penalty, Steven Stamkos somehow found the open net from the Tampa offensive zone.
Cory Conacher gets credit for the own-goal.
Bishop's terrible clearing pass went directly to Travis Hamonic of the Islanders, who put the puck in the net from center ice, but Brock Nelson was ruled offside.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Callahan has been playing on a line with Valtteri Filppula and Ondrej Palat.
"That line has been dynamic at both ends of the ice for us," said Cooper. "That kid [Callahan] knows how to play the game below the dots. We haven't had a ton of those guys wheel through our organization. It's a great fit for us. He's probably a little tired because I'm playing him a bit more here than he was in New York."
What has Callahan's leadership impact been on his new teammates?
"Just watch our bench when he hits somebody, or takes the puck from somebody, or battles in front of the net, guys are just pumped for him," said Cooper. "He doesn't have to come back to the bench and say anything. You just know right then what he's delivering to our team. It's great to see. He doesn't hear that because he's in the corner battling with [Zdeno] Chara, so he doesn't hear what's going on [on the bench], but you love that from your team and teammates when you hear that stuff."
more plus a look at Bob Hartley,, the Ottawa Senators and Nicklas Jensen of the Vancouver Canucks...
What Simmons writes seems to be the consensus of those who are commenting on the hit.
Ranger turned at the last second which certainly did not help, but it was still a bad decision by Killorn to make the hit from behind in the first place.
Ranger was seen moving his legs a few times while laying face down on the ice.
Killorn did receive five for boarding and a game.
added 8:10pm, video of the hit below...
added 8:19pm, A longer version of the incident has alslo been added below...
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
There was concern that because Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman was forced into the trade, thanks to the demands of the 38-year-old St. Louis, the Lightning would slip out of the playoff race.
Who was going to guide the team? Who was going to set up the game's top sniper, Steven Stamkos, when he returned from a 45-game absence because of a broken leg?
Well, so far, so good. Robust two-way forward Ryan Callahan arrived in the trade that sent St. Louis to the New York Rangers. Stamkos has returned from his injury. And Tampa Bay hasn't missed a beat, going 3-1-2 since the Mar. 5 trade deadline after a 22-18-5 record previously without Stamkos.
"We lost Stammer for a long time and we still managed to play well enough," said Lightning centre Valtteri Filppula, whose club visits the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. "We were able to survive that. Yes, we lost a player like Marty, but we got a pretty good player in return."
The Tampa Bay Lightning held an on-ice ceremony last night to honor the 2004 Stanley Cup Champions.
I always enjoy these type of tributes and a nice touch was the team members from 2004 putting on the skates for the ceremony.
Do the Bolts know something we don't, the tribute video flashed the date of June 7, 2014 instead of 2004, maybe things to come?
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