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There Was No Cap Circumvention By The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

It's impossible to oversell just what Kucherov means to the complexion of this Lightning outfit. With him and Stamkos back on the power play, Tampa Bay is lethal and that was on full display against the Panthers in Game 1 with the Lightning scoring on three out of four power play opportunities. Kucherov scored both his goals from a near-identical spot with that wicked shot of his, but with Tampa Bay presenting so many weapons on the man advantage, the Panthers will truly have to pick their poison in this series.

As for Kucherov himself, the potent winger is still getting used to his physical situation.

"A new hip is a new hip; it's different," he said. "I'm better and I feel really good. I was excited to get back in the game and be with the boys. I've been waiting for this for a long time and it's nice to get this one out of the way and focus on the next game."...

And the fact of the matter is, Tampa Bay broke no league rules. The Lightning were deep enough that they could faithfully trudge on without Kucherov for 56 games and sure enough, they did so successfully. Now, with no salary cap to worry about, the Bolts have their superstar back and Game 1 went swimmingly.

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Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Looks like the Hawks set the standard.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 05/18/21 at 08:52 AM ET

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