What is going to be done to fix the falling Lightning?
Gino DoucetteA: Gino, tough question. At the moment, defence and goaltending appear to be Tampa Bay's biggest issues, although I'm not willing to throw Dwayne Roloson under the bus. He's a fiercely competitive guy who may not be able to handle a full season at this stage of his dimming career, but I trust there is still enough in the tank to help stabilize his team. Defensively, the Lightning aren't good enough, but because of the big contracts this team has to contend with, fixing the holes in season is tough to do. Lecavalier's mammoth term and salary obviously haunts this organization, largely because he's closer to a third line player now than a game-breaker. And as well as Tampa Bay did last season, their success was based more on riding momentum then it was the pure readiness of this franchise to move to the next level. There are still a few growing pains the Lightning have to push through, but they are well coached, well managed and have a great stable of young players.
So how far off is Dreger? Or is he right on? no comments
Mattias Ohlund hasn't played a game this season for the Lightning, and he may not play any for the rest of the season. Ohlund has both his knees undergo arthroscopic surgery early in the season and was expected to be out 1-2 months. It seems that even though the surgery was completed, both his knees are just worn down.
According to Cristodero who spoke with Boucher, the coach has been operating his team under the assumption that Ohlund wouldn't play:
"I've been doing that for a while; not because I didn't think he'd come back, but that's how I have to be as a coach. As a team, guys are not really waiting for him. We've accepted we've lost one of our top (defensemen) and other guys have to play against the top lines and log the minutes."
"It just hurts him a lot more than what he would have expected or the doctors would have expected," Boucher said. "It's … difficult to manage because you can't do much more than what's been done. It's pain tolerance. It's a question of mobility. It's a question of can he skate at the level in the NHL he needs to follow."Even though we as fans complain about his slow skating, Ohlund is still key to our defence. As we've seen over the last few weeks, our defence needs help. He played on the PK, blocked shots and laid out the occasional big hit or two. At 35 it becomes not just a question whether he can come back this season, but whether he will play at all?
With this coming at 31 games in and a possibility of no Ohlund this season, what's more important, an upgrade in goaltending or on defence? no comments
The Lightning traded goals in the 1st period with the Flames and then dominated the 2nd period. By the time they came into the 3rd period, the Lightning were up 4-2. They led the Flames in shots on goal at 28 to 14.
Garon is doing one handed-push ups
Just 20 minutes of hockey to seal the win, but could the Lightning hold on?
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As per Pierre LeBrun of ESPN:
Winnipeg Jets claim forward Antti Miettinen off NHL waivers from Tampa today. He signed a two-year, $3-M deal with Bolts yesterday
This is not exactly shocking Winnipeg needs some bottom six forwards and the same thing happened last year with Marek Svatos and St. Louis/Nashville and Kyle Wellwood and St. Louis/San Jose
Enjoy the cold of Winnipeg Miettinen. no comments
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steve Downie has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for leaving the bench on a legal line change to become involved in an altercation in NHL Game No. 408 in New York on Thursday, Dec. 8, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 13:23 of the second period. Downie was assessed a minor penalty for roughing and a misconduct penalty.
The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.no comments
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Record: Lightning (12-15-2) Devils (14-13-1)
Previous games this season: November 19 - Devils win 4-2
Game time: 7:00pm EST on Versus and TSN2One win in seven games. Stop the bleeding....
Tonight is the matchup of the 12th and 13th East teams who have not fared well in their recent games. The Lightning have only had that one win over the Rangers in their last 7 and the Devils have had their last regulation win on November the 25th.
So we have signed some guy (Antti Miettinen) who used to play in the NHL (Dallas and Minnesota) but then went to play in the KHL for the AK Bars Kazan this season only to have his contract mutually terminated after getting 2 goals, 6 assists and 8 points in 20 games played.
Underwhelming. Because clearly we need more forwards...of the underachieving kind...
But maybe he'll turn out to be a Teddy Purcell of 2011-12? Maybe?
The one-way contract is for 2 years. He'll be subject to waivers until 12pm tomorrow. no comments