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Dan Ellis To Dallas

2-year deal.

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Goalie For Hire

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Dan Ellis has opinions and isn’t afraid to express them through various means.

Nearly two years ago, the goaltender vented via his Twitter account about a personal level of frustration regarding the 24-per-cent pay cut that was part of the expiring collective bargaining agreement….

Earlier this week, the unrestricted free agent took to his email account and reached out to this reporter to trumpet how good a fit he would be as a backup to Cory Schneider next NHL season.

How much game the 32-year-old stopper has left after appearing in just 10 games last season behind Anaheim Ducks workhorse Jonas Hiller is debatable. Especially after undergoing hernia surgery in February.

But his willingness to sell himself isn’t up for debate.

“I would love to back up Cory if the spot becomes available,” Ellis said in the email. “Helping young goalies get to their full potential is fun to be a part of. Sometimes just lightening their load makes all the difference in the world.”

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Video- Dan Ellis With The Save Of The Night

With the game in OT, Ellis robs Trevor Daley to keep the game tied.  Lubomir Visnovsky of the Ducks would later score his 3rd goal of the game to give the Ducks the win.

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Ducks/Lightning Trade Goalies

via Anaheim Ducks tweet,

Ducks acquire goaltender Dan Ellis from Tampa Bay in exchange for goaltender Curtis McElhinney.

added 11:06am,

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired goaltender Dan Ellis from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for goaltender Curtis McElhinney.

“We are excited to acquire a goaltender of Dan’s caliber, someone we feel can help us immediately,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He has experience playing in big games down the stretch.”

 

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Southeast Tonight: Three Games on the Schedule

A look around at the Southeast Division teams in action tonight:

Atlanta at Buffalo
If Rick Dudley is deciding between buyer and seller mode, this might just be the game to shove him swiftly in one direction or the other.

Atlanta has been in a tailspin in the new year, with just three regulation wins since we said farewell to 2010. Currently, the Thrashers have lost seven out of their last eight and are just 2-10-4 in their last 16.

They sit five points behind eighth place Carolina and are tied, points-wise, with tonight’s opponent, though their meeting with Buffalo becomes is that much more pivotal with the Sabres having two games in hand on Atlanta.

New faces Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart, acquired last week from Boston, will each play in their second game as a Thrasher tonight. Both made an impact in their Atlanta debut in Edmonton Sunday, despite the team’s 5-3 loss, with Wheeler assisting on an Andrew Ladd tally and Stuart scrapping with J-F Jacques in the second period.

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Lightning Assign Goaltender Mike Smith to AHL Norfolk for Conditioning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have sent goaltender Mike Smith to AHL Norfolk on a conditioning assignment today, as announced by the team.

Smith has been recovering from a knee injury and has missed the last fifteen games.

With Dwayne Roloson and Dan Ellis already on Tampa Bay’s active roster, Smith has been assumed by many to be the odd-man out eventually, though nothing has been made certain to this point.

Today’s move, at the very least, buys general manager Steve Yzerman some time to continue to consider all options.

Smith, acquired by Tampa Bay in February of 2008 in the deal that saw forward Brad Richards head to Dallas, is in the final season of a two-year contract that carries a cap hit of $2.2-million.

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The Bolts Beat, 1/10/11: Tampa’s Up & Down Week, M-A Bergeron, Slightly Whacky All-Star Picks & More

In tonight’s episode of The Bolts Beat, the gang reviews a roller coaster week for the Tampa Bay Lightning and analyzes what the addition of defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron might eventually mean for the club.


And, in a nod to the NHL’s unique way of fielding two all-star teams this year, Jon, Mark and Mike create some rules as well in selecting their very own squads.

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Pounded in Pittsburgh, Bolts Will “Bypass” This One

Following Dwayne Roloson’s stellar 34-save shutout debut in Tuesday night’s win in Washington, yours truly joined a host of other media types in pondering aloud just how far stable goaltending might propel the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After all, you can’t ask for a much better start with a new team than the one Roloson enjoyed against the Capitals.

That win elevated the Lightning into sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division and into a tie for the top point total in the Eastern Conference with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Enter the Penguins…

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Roloson Could Take Tampa from Good to Great, Plus Thoughts on M-A Bergeron and More

Let’s not make too much of Dwayne Roloson’s 34-save, shutout debut for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Or, maybe, come to think of it, let’s

It was but one game but what a big game it was.

To best the division rival Washington Capitals like that, with first place at stake in a 1-0 overtime finish, with both teams playing at a feverish pace all the while and the opposing goaltender standing on his head as well… Well, that’s one hell of a debut.

But, really, what you saw on Tuesday night is what Roloson brings to the table consistently. No, not a spectacular shutout performance each night (wouldn’t that be nice?) but a workman-like approach, a battle mentality and a proven track record of giving the team in front of him a chance to win on a nightly basis. Last night, Semyon Varlamov keeping the Bolts off the scoreboard for almost 63 minutes meant Roloson had to completely shut down the formidable Capitals attack and he was up to the task. On some nights, it will mean keeping the opponent from scoring a third or fourth goal.

Whatever the situation, with Roloson, you know what you’re getting.

And this could very well turn out to be the perfect fit with limitless potential.

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Three’s Company in Tampa Nets - For Now

For now, the Tampa Bay Lightning will roll on with three goaltenders.

But with Dwayne Roloson now in the fold, joining Dan Ellis and a still mending Mike Smith after Saturday’s trade with the New York Islanders, eventually, something will have to give.

Early indications seem to suggest Smith, who is close to returning from a recent knee injury, is the most logical odd man out for a variety of reasons, despite significant improvement in his play prior to getting hurt.

In the final year of a contract that carries a cap hit of $2.2-million dollars, it would make sense for the Lightning to try and deal Smith for whatever value the team could find before he hits unrestricted free agency at season’s end. That won’t exactly come easy, however, with the bottom line remaining some very unattractive numbers this year and overall statistics that have actually worsened consistently as the team in front of him has improved over the last three seasons. Add to that a history of injuries (Smith has appeared in less than half of Tampa’s games since the start of the 2008-09) and an unsavory dollar number for the kind of inconsistency he’s shown and it becomes awfully difficult to imagine logical trade scenarios involving the former Dallas Star.

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The Bolts Beat, 1/3/11: Roloson in the Mix, Odd Goalie Out, the Last Word on Spin-o-Rama Gate & More

In the first installment of The Bolts Beat for 2011, Jon, Mike and Mark give their thoughts on Tampa Bay’s addition of goaltender Dwayne Roloson and why the deal was made now. Later, things get a little spicy when the conversation turns to what it likely means for Dan Ellis and/or Mike Smith.

Also, the guys give their thoughts on the stellar NHL debut of yet another goalie, Cedrick Desjardins, and discuss how he might fit into the Lightning’s future plans.

And, finally - no, really, for the last time - the gang reluctantly entertains the controversy that should never have been over Steven Stamkos’ penalty shot goal against Montreal.

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All that, plus more (including a special announcement!) after the jump…

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Lightning Land Roloson from Islanders

As NYI Point Blank‘s Chris Botta first reported, the Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Ty Wishart.

The Tampa Tribune‘s Erik Erlendsson and others have since confirmed.

Roloson joins Dan Ellis, the injured Mike Smith and upstart rookie Cedrick Desjardins (1st star in tonight’s win over the Rangers and 2-0-0 with two goals against in two starts) in Tampa’s goaltending ranks.

Four’s a crowd.

[UPDATE: According to ESPN 1040’s Mike Corcoran, Desjardins will be returned to AHL Norfolk.]

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Stamkos vs. Omark: The Controversy That Isn’t (With a Cameo from Denis Savard)

A few weeks ago, Edmonton’s Linus Omark’s spin move from center ice to begin the eventual shootout winner over Tampa Bay irked the Lightning. Players called it disrespectful, embarrassing and so on and so forth. I opined that it was no big deal and that the Bolts were overreacting. A day later, many of them realized just that, including the victimized goaltender, Dan Ellis, in particular.

“Bottom line, the kid scored,” Ellis told ESPN 1040’s Mike Corcoran. “In the end, if we want to go spin every time and put the puck in the net, then so be it.”

Last night, Steven Stamkos was awarded a penalty shot against Montreal and converted to lengthen the Lightning’s lead in an eventual 4-1 win with a more traditional spin-o-rama from in tight.

And, sadly, it didn’t take long for several mouths to start yapping about Stamkos’ attempt being just like Omark’s, when nothing could be further from the truth. Snarks aimed at Ellis, specifically, were commonplace and one has to wonder, at this point: What is it that people outside of Tampa (and maybe Detroit?) seem to hate so much about the Bolts? Success breeds contempt, I suppose - or maybe it’s a Florida/Southern hockey thing… But it seems like any time anything even remotely spicy pops up around this team, so many are - pardon the pun - lightning-quick to pile on.

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Lightning Fall on Long Island as Roloson Shines (Plus, Holiday Greetings from JJ)

The Tampa Bay Lightning came into Wednesday night’s meeting with the New York Islanders with a chance to move into sole possession of first place in the NHL’s Southeast Division.

They left with an overtime loss to the league’s worst team, spoiling a second consecutive solid performance from goaltender Dan Ellis, who stopped 26 saves in defeat.

Dwayne Roloson stood out in goal for New York, turning aside 34 of 35 Lightning shots, John Tavares posted the game-winner and the Islander penalty killers were excellent, neutralizing Tampa Bay with the extra man on five of six opportunities.

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The Bolts Beat, 12/21/10: More on Lightning Goalies, Smith Injury, Thompson/Boulton and Xmas Gifts!

On this week’s episode, Jon, Mike and Mark entertain the ongoing discussion about Tampa Bay’s goaltending, including the latest on Mike Smith’s injury, cover the war of words (and knees) between Nate Thompson and Atlanta’s Eric Boulton and wrap the show with a special Christmas gift exchange for one and all..

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Quick Update on Lightning Goaltender Mike Smith

Word from Lightning PR just now is that goaltender Mike Smith will miss approximately two weeks with what is being called a “minor knee injury”.

Smith left today’s morning skate after a collision with forward Simon Gagne.

Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins, whose recall this morning sparked the return of some speculation regarding the team’s situation in goal that had been effectively stifled by solid play from Smith of late, is dressed as Dan Ellis’ backup tonight and is now far more likely to get his first taste of NHL action with Smith on the shelf.

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Nabokov to Tampa a Complicated Solution but Talk Alone Could Cure Goaltending Ills

There has been no shortage of discussion regarding the possibility of free agent goaltender Evgeni Nabokov landing with the Tampa Bay Lightning in recent days.

I discussed the matter at such length, with co-hosts Mike Corcoran and Mark Pukalo on Monday night/Tuesday morning’s episode of The Bolts Beat, that more than half of the show was devoted to the matter – a first for a single topic in the podcast’s history.

Corcoran continued the discussion in writing on his Lightning Insider page at ESPN 1040.

Both local beat writers, Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times and Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune opined on the issue as well.

And the potential marriage has also been covered at a national level, with The Sporting News’ Craig Custance throwing in his two cents.

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The Bolts Beat, 12/14/10: Omark’s SO Goal, Lightning Goaltending, Evgeni Nabokov and More

On this week’s episode, Jon, Mike and Mark discuss the “controversial” shootout move by Edmonton’s Linus Omark that beat the Lightning on Friday, address the ongoing goaltending concerns and ponder what, if anything, GM Steve Yzerman might do to fortify the team’s netminding, including the hot topic from yesterday - the idea of signing free agent goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

Plus, the word “foof” is used, which has to be considered a milestone of some sort.

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14 Goalies Since Khabibulin, Lightning Still Looking for a New “Wall” in Net

Tonight in Edmonton, the Tampa Bay Lightning will face an old friend, as goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will man the Oiler nets.

Sadly, the 37-year-old Khabibulin still has to be looked at as Tampa Bay’s last consistent, go-to netminder. “The ‘Bulin Wall” was a force for the Lightning during his time in Tampa, with a sturdy 2.39 goals against average and .917 save percentage in 192 games from 2000-2004. These are pre-lockout numbers, yes, but his performance in the current, more inflated era – 2.87/.903 – would still best just about every other Bolts goaltender since his departure after the Stanley Cup season of 2003-04. Tampa Bay has tried 14 different goalies between the pipes in that time, with largely underwhelming results.

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A Slight Change of Course, More on Tampa’s Struggles in Goal & Jay Feaster on The Bolts Beat Monday

I’ve made a slight change to my slowly-evolving routine here lately, scrapping JJ’s Three Cheers as a regular feature and committing to keeping a heavy emphasis on the local club, the Tampa Bay Lightning. We’ll still be keeping close tabs on the Southeast Division as a whole but, in keeping with dance-with-the-girl-that-brung-ya tradition, won’t be straying from the day-to-day happenings with the Bolts in favor of opining elsewhere. If it’s timely and relevant, and I actually have an opinion on some other Southeast matter, I’ll touch on it, as expected. But I won’t even attempt to do so if that means sacrificing Lightning material.

I just think that makes sense.

I’ll have thoughts on leaguewide matters, as usual, and I do later today, in fact but, regarding Three Cheers, I’m getting away from that – despite the ease with which it was thrown together each day – mostly because juuuuuuust about everyone else out there does something very similar on a regular basis. And, hell, I’m an original – or at least that’s my claim.

So that’s that. Moving on…

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This Can’t Happen

Easy to pick on a goalie for making this kind of Tommy Salo-esque mistake but I’m not trying to kick Mike Smith when he’s down at all.

Obviously, there was more than this one play to fault for an 8-1 Lightning loss in Boston but the bottom line, as GM Steve Yzerman has now publicly acknowledged, is that the Bolts imply need more from their goaltenders.

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Hammer Time

I only have a few minutes this morning, with a houseful already in town for Thanksgiving and the pressing need of locating some genie-style parachute pants in time for tonight’s game, what with M.C. Hammer in town for a postgame concert and all. (Rumor has it, if things go well for the Lightning, their very own “Hammer”, one Steven Stamkos, could join the genius behind “U Can’t Touch This”, “2 Legit 2 Quit” and “Here Comes the Hammer” on stage. Hope he’s been practicing that trademark Hammer shuffle…)

Anyway, I simply wanted to point out that, prior to their recent three-game road sweep of the Islanders, Philadelphia and Buffalo, I had noted that the Lightning were actually two points behind their record through 17 games last season and that they’d need to win two of three just to match that club’s pace at the indicative “quarter pole” of the twenty-game mark. Of course, they managed a perfect road trip and added a win over Boston on Monday night to run their win streak to four and to pull them within four points of division-leading Washington.

So forget that last year stuff, as all seems well, presently, in Lightningland…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lightning/Maple Leafs, 11/09/10

From a Tampa Bay Lightning perspective, all was quite good at the St. Pete Times Forum last night and, while a 4-0 shutout for the home squad makes the latter parts of Good/Bad/Ugly slightly more difficult for yours truly, we’ll take it. (And it sure beats most of the G, B & Us put together in years past where the Good was often a stretch and the Bad and Ugly could have gone on for days.)

Now then…

The Good

#stamkosmath
What started as an outright joke, as in, “Steven Stamkos is currently on pace for 98 goals this season,” is becoming less funny and more scary good serious with every tally for the 20-year-old Lightning superstar. With two more last night, Stamkos’ early season line of 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points is better than Crosby, better than Ovechkin, better than the entire league and setting a breakneck pace that, as everyone’s new favorite hashtag, #stamkosmath, is documenting by-the-second (well, sort of) on Twitter, projects roughly to a 76-goal, 141-point total over 82 games. (In the interest of showing marksman-like precision, #stamkosmath actually dictates that 91’s projected numbers are 76.142857 goals and 140.57143 points.)

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The Bolts Beat, 11/09/10: Tampa’s Western Swing, Stamkos Contract, Injury Woes and JJ Said WHAT?

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, Mark and Mike pile up on Jon for coming clean about not being able to stay up for late games recently but, later, Jon returns fire by taking the show to a very dark, dark place. Aside from Tampa’s recent west coast road trip, the boys discuss the scuttlebutt surrounding Steven Stamkos’ second contract, the Lightning’s recent rash of injuries (including that of Simon Gagne, who remains out) and the weekly end-show segments are, as usual, full of vim and vigor. “Missing the Mark” targets NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Mike’s “Missed Call of the Week” goes after an officiating staff for their entire body of work in one particular game and Jon’s “What the Hell Was That?” has the Hall of Fame induction committee in its crosshairs.

Enjoy. This one’s a doozy…

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The Bolts Beat, 11/01/10: Tampa’s Winning Ways, Around the NHL and More

In the latest episode, Jon quickly puts to bed the nonsense stemming from last week’s show, the gang discusses the week that was for the Lightning, some leaguewide issues (including yet another suspension) and, as always, close things out with the specialty segments, “Mike’s Missed Call of the Week”, Jon’s “What the Hell Was That?” and Mark’s “Missing the Mark” (which desperately, desperately needs a new name, folks).

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Various Paths to Tampa Bay’s Early Success

It’s been said, time and again, that the truly great teams can beat their opponent on any given night with any particular style of play. While this year’s Tampa Bay Lightning shouldn’t be too quick to anoint themselves the NHL’s next great club - after nine games, that would just be silly - the results have been impressive to this point and wins are coming in a variety of ways.

Tonight’s triumph over visiting Pittsburgh was of the comeback sort, with the Lightning rebounding from a pair of first period shorthanded tallies by the Penguins, an early goaltending change with Dan Ellis replacing Mike Smith after three goals allowed on seven shots and a 3-1 deficit overall. While no team wants to get in the habit of having to battle back like that and, surely, it can drive a coach crazy, that the Lightning have already proven capable of doing so gives them immeasurable confidence and should pay dividends down the road.

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JJ on XM204’s “The War Room” with Mick Kern and Peter Berce

Had a nice visit with Mick and Peter on “The War Room” this morning, where we discussed this season’s solid start for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Steven Stamkos’ continued success as well as his need for a new contract (like yesterday) and the Bolts’ goaltending to this point.

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After a Loss, Boucher Doesn’t Disappoint

Last night’s tilt between the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning won’t highlight any instructional hockey videos – it was ugly, all-around, really – and the finish was marred by what was probably the longest video review in the history of NHL hockey in October. But, though the 3-2 Islanders overtime victory serves as a shining example that, even in a slop fest like this one, there’s some good and bad to go with some serious ugly, I can’t bring myself to go full G, B & U today. (Tried – didn’t work – onward…)

Instead, some random observations:

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It’s not as though I’m ever pulling for the Lightning to lose but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to the first Guy Boucher post-loss press conference.

I’ve been impressed with Boucher, who seems to have the favorable blend of teacher, tactician and shrink attributes in his bag of coaching tricks, from the start. He’s been intense all the while but he’d led me to believe that after a loss – particularly a poorly-played loss – we’d see a different side and, last night, he didn’t disappoint.

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Islanders/Lightning: Goal or No Goal? You Decide

Matt Moulson’s OT winner. Was it a goal? Or not? You make the call in the comments section:

 

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The Bolts Beat, 10/19/10: Lightning on the Road and a Look Ahead, Plus NHL Officiating Issues & More

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys discuss the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first road swing of the season and preview the week ahead for the Bolts, Jon’s “What the Hell Was That?” segment brings up an interesting debate on replay, major penalties and the like, Mike defends referees (a sure sign of the apocalypse) and much more.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/15/10, Plus a Look Around the Southeast this Weekend

Today’s three cheers, bestowed upon those who excelled for their clubs in action yesterday:

***Cheers to Nashville’s Steve Sullivan, who had a pair of the three first period goals for his club, en route to a 4-3 Predators win. Sullivan had a chance to complete the rare single stanza hat trick in the waning seconds of the first but was denied on a breakaway by Jaroslav Halak in the St. Louis net.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lightning at Canadiens, 10/13/10

Death, taxes and JJ’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The alternative to the standard game recap became a staple of my Tampa Bay Lightning coverage last season and it was only a matter of time before it made its season debut here.

Sure, the title of the regular feature has now been copied by a second-rate Bolts blog as of this morning but the content can’t hold a candle to the original and, hell, you’re here with me and they’re, well… They’re sleeping, I’m sure, on Pacific Time and what not… (Lightning coverage from California? Now that’s insight!)

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Oops Dan Ellis

Maybe we can add Dan Ellis as an alumnus of the Hasek School of Stickhandling?

Taylor Hall will never have an easier goal.

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Turnaround in Tampa Starts at the Top

Before a single tweak to the roster, the Tampa Bay Lightning were already poised for improvement in 2010-11. With the tumultuous era of previous ownership already behind them when the sale of the team to Jeff Vinik was completed late last season, gone in an instant were any and all off-ice concerns and the circus went back to being an annual visitor to the St. Pete Times Forum rather than a permanent resident. With the appointment of Steve Yzerman as general manager, credibility returned to the franchise and new head coach Guy Boucher was widely regarded as the hottest commodity on the off-season coaching market.

Without a solitary player move, hockey life in Tampa was good again.

But far be it from Yzerman to rest on the comfort that fans surely feel by him simply not being one of those other guys. The addition of former Flyers forward Simon Gagne headlines a list of shrewd off-season maneuvers for the rookie GM and the revamped roster could very well translate to the sort of on-ice success that will make Lightning followers quickly forgot about three non-playoff seasons gone by.

 

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The Bolts Beat, 09/13/10

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, JJ and co-host Mike Corcoran discuss Dan Ellis’ recent Twitter troubles and the many (over?)reactions thereof, look ahead to training camp opening this weekend, Tampabaylightning.com contributor, Mark Pukalo, stops by again to discuss some intriguing position battles ahead for the Lightning and the boys have a little extra time to discuss the NFL’s opening weekend.

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Ellis’ Twitter Tiff is Simply a Sign of the Times

This is not a story.

Alas, I’ve been forced to write something on the matter because there’s no shortage of lunacy out there right now.

What’s been made of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis’ recent Twit-roversy is shameful.

How far it’s gone is embarrassing.

And, really, it’s much ado about nothing but, in an effort to talk some sense into the masses, here goes nothing:

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Dan Ellis Says Goodbye To Twitter

via Dan Ellis tweets,

I am shutting down my twitter because in no way shape or form do I want this to disrupt my team.

Peace out twitter!

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The Dan Ellis Twitter Talk

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The Tampa Bay Lightning has no written policy regarding what players can or cannot say on their social media pages or twitter accounts. Safe to assume, though, the team likely will reiterate to goaltender Dan Ellis that he has to be a bit more careful.

Cyberspace went a little bonkers Monday night after Ellis on his twitter account, @33dellis, complained about the 18 percent of salary that, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, all NHL players lose to escrow, and how, despite signing a two-year, $3 million contract with the Lightning, “I am more stressed about money now than I was in college.” That after last month getting into a debate over how players deserve the money they get because they are “specialists.”

Not only did Ellis’ twitter account light up, but twitter users began a trending topic called DanEllisProblems that mocked him and on Wednesday evening was still a going concern. The Internet was full of commentary, most of it negative.

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Morning Line

If you lost 18% of your income would you be happy? I can honestly say that I am more stressed about money now then when I was in college.

I can’t explain it and I never thought it would be the case but it is true. $ in no way makes u more happy or makes life much easier.

If you don’t make a lot of money I don’t expect u to understand in the same way I could never understand what it is like to risk my life daily as a fire fighter or police officer…especially not a soldier. There r pros and cons to every profession. U r kidding yourself if u think money makes things any easier.

-Dan Ellis of the Tampa Bay Lightning via Twitter.

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Yzerman’s Moves Have Lightning Poised for Marked Improvement

In these early days of the Steve Yzerman era here in Tampa, the consensus opinion on his re-molding of the Lightning roster has been overwhelmingly positive.

He promised a methodical approach and got to work in just that fashion almost immediately, adding here, subtracting there and strengthening the overall product all the while.

Few onlookers, if any, have been unimpressed.

But what has been done under Yzerman to this point, until on-ice results can be considered, that is, has to be labeled with the age-old, “on paper” caveat.

Essentially, Yzerman has shed some dead wood, plugged a few holes, added much-needed depth in key areas and maybe, just maybe, found the spark to reignite his club’s captain’s once-dynamic career. And before we forget, he’s given the hottest young coaching commodity in the hockey world the task of leading these fortified troops to success.

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Afternoon Line

Any job I can think of that makes lots of cash..that person is a specialist. Meaning other people can not do the job as well. They train harder, are better educated or just plain blessed. They are not a dime a dozen unlike many other professions.

-Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis on Twitter.

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Dan Ellis Heads To Tampa

via a Daren Millard tweet,

dan ellis is a member of the tampa bay lightning!!!!!!!

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The Game Of Hockey In Nashville

from Dan Ellis of the Nashville Predators at the Hockey News,

You would think after 10 years of hockey the city of Nashville would be crazy about the sport, but that’s not necessarily the case.

I think our ownership group has done a good job emphasizing a connection to the local community to get support. Now the team just needs to continue to have success and bring more and more fans out.

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Praise For Poile

from Edward Fraser at the Hockey News,

When I first heard about [Dan] Ellis’ new deal, I assumed the $3.5 million was his annual salary, not the two-year total. Even at $3.5 per, Ellis wouldn’t have been overpaid as a starting goalie.

So, in other words, at $1.5 million next season and $2 million in 2009-10, Ellis is a steal. And Poile, the only GM the Preds have ever known, should be applauded for the move.

The Ellis inking wasn’t the lone notch on Poile’s bedpost this off-season, either.

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Preds Sign Ellis, Trade Mason

from the Nashville Predators,

The Predators significantly clarified their goaltending situation today, announcing they have reached an agreement in principle with Dan Ellis on a multi-year deal and then trading Chris Mason to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fourth round pick in this year’s draft. The trade gives the Predators nine selections in this year’s Entry Draft, including multiple picks in first, second, and fourth rounds and single picks in the third, fifth, and sixth rounds.

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Preds Come Away With Nothing

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Ellis was the sole reason the Predators even reached overtime, as the inexperienced netminder turned away 52 of 53 shots in regulation before surrendering a breakaway goal to Johan Franzen.

“The way Ellie played tonight, there really aren’t words to describe it,’’ Predators forward J.P. Dumont said. “It would have been great if we had found a way to win for him. He deserved to win.’‘

Any thoughts that Ellis might suffer from jitters while playing in his first postseason had probably been eliminated after the first four games of this series. But in case there were still doubters, Ellis nearly single-handedly beat one of the most skilled teams in the league on Friday.

“The biggest disappointment,’’ Predators Coach Barry Trotz said, “was that we wasted that good goaltending effort.’‘

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Ellis Competes Against The Best

from John Glennon at Chilling Out at the Tennessean,

...But the Wings were sunk in Game 4 due in part to the poor goaltending of Dominik Hasek, a six-time Vezina Trophy winner. And Detroit coach Mike Babcock just announced that Chris Osgood will replace Hasek for Game 5.

  Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised at this.

  After all, Ellis outplayed Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo down the stretch, as the Predators battled the Canucks for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

  What’s another all-star to knock off at this point?

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Keeping the Weight On

From John Glennon at The Tennessean,

While most of us would worry about squeezing into our pants the next day, Predators goalie Dan Ellis has just the opposite problem. He’ll still have to worry about slipping out of his pads.

Ellis has the perfect metabolism for a supermodel. He can eat almost anything without gaining weight. Unfortunately for Ellis, his job description involves putting on about 40 pounds worth of equipment and skates, then sweating through 60 minutes of competition on a regular basis.

It’s no wonder that keeping up his weight — and his hydration level — proves such a challenge. The 6-foot, 185-pounder figured he loses about 10 pounds per game.

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