Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/12/11 at 12:32 PM ET
from Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times,
Yes, Steven Stamkos is the team’s star, and yes, Vinny Lecavalier still has dazzling skills. After all these years, however, St. Louis is still St. Louis, and if the Lightning is going to make a run at the postseason, he figures to be a very important part of it.
If your memory is good enough to remember playoff runs in Tampa Bay, you would not expect anything less.
These are good times for St. Louis, 35 years old going on 25.
The franchise has turned around, and the games matter again, and life at home is terrific. After three years when the Lightning went nowhere, St. Louis is an essential player on a team with possibilities.
He can still go, you know. There is a smattering of gray in his hair, but St. Louis’ skates still have gears that most players’ do not. He has 53 points (18 goals, 35 assists) in 43 games, which is another way of saying his stick still has stories to tell.
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