Written by Dani Toth | 20 October 2011


Lecavalier for Luongo?

Excuse me for 5 minutes while I have a good belly laugh about this. AHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA....Oh Province, you are so silly.

Now let's back up for a minute, since I do live in the city and know what led up to The Province publishing an article like this. So the Canucks have been 1-2-1 going into tonight's game against the Preds. Luongo has not looked great in the games so far, actually his goals against has been terrible, but he rarely does well in the month of October. So with Lundqvist posting a shut-out at one end of the rink on Tuesday and Luongo letting in four goals at the other, fans were a little frustrated. To be honest though, not all of those goals from the Rangers which were his fault  and since his team wasn't able to score any goals so maybe Luongo wasn't the real problem in the particular game. But the frustration from watching him meltdown in the SCF, a poor start to start the season and an more than capable goaltender sitting on the bench (Cory Schneider), well the frustrations came out during the game. Luongo got a Bronx cheer when he handled the puck in the third period and instead of Luuu's, he had boo's rained down on him.

Because hockey >>> any other sport in Vancouver, the phoneboards on the TEAM 1040 were lightning up with callers saying to trade Luongo.

So what did The Province do?

They decided to think like those callers, and suggest since Luongo and Lecavalier have similar contracts, let's just trade them.

Many people say the Canucks made a huge mistake in signing Lou to a 12-year, $64-million no-trade contract in 2009 because it makes parting with him impossible. So here’s our solution.

Trade Luongo straight up for Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who has a similar, $85-million, 11-year no-trade deal. With Steve Stamkos in Tampa, Lecavalier is no longer top dog and could use a fresh start as much as Lou.

Tampa needs better goaltending; we need a power forward. Lou’s wife could finally be closer to her family, and Lecavalier could play hockey again in a city that actually cares about his sport.

It’s a win-win-win-win (Lou, Vince, Cory, fans) solution.


Lecavalier could use a fresh start? Have any of you in my city seen Lecavalier last season? Last season, especially in the playoffs, Lecavalier has been the closest to his old form than he has been in years.

And most importatly, Lecavalier could play hockey in a city that actually cares?

Last I checked, the Lightning had an attendance record of 19,204 on Monday against the Panthers and 18,181 tonight against the Islanders.


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Written by Dani Toth | 19 October 2011


When Brett Connolly skates his 7th game tomorrow, the Lightning will only have two games left to decide if they want to keep him up for the year or send him back to the WHL. It's a tough decision for the team because he's looked good in the six games he's played even if the team as a whole has not.

Connolly came into camp looking to make the team. He was confident and when speaking to the press said just that. He came in after having spent a summer in Toronto putting on 10lbs in weight and coming in with a determined attitude. He has not just looked good playing with the Lightning so far, it's how he doesn't look out of place. Sure there are moments where he makes a mistake or his timing with Stamkos and St. Louis is a little off, but that just takes time to adapt to the faster pace and to develop the chemistry with his linemates.

He started on the 3rd line in the first few games of the season with an occasional shift up on the top line, but lately Boucher has been testing his skills with having him skate with St. Louis and Stamkos. He still has only 1 assist but I think it is just be a matter for time for the points to come when you are skating with those two.

If we look at the benefits of him being up with the club, it's obvious that his skill set will improve being up with the Lightning instead of being back in the WHL with the Cougars. No matter which line he'll play on, he's going to learn more than he can down in the WHL.

The question the coaching staff will address will be if he'll be able to take the 82 game grind of the regular season grind. The NHL has a long season and for a player that didn't play much in the 2009-2010 season due to injury, this will be a tough year physically for him. Add on the pressure of having to score consistently when you are playing on a top line with Stamkos and St. Louis, now you have a mental pressure added to the rookie's first year. Then add in the fact that if he skates on the top line, he'll be facing the top defencemen of the league night after night. And let's be truthful, having Chara try to shut you down, that's scary. That's assuming he'll skate on the top line of course, though, again, he didn't look out of place doing it so far doing it.

From a team standpoint, the Lightning can also use a player like Connolly to round out the top line instead of a player like Downie. Although I have to admit that Downie has far surpassed my expectations playing on a top line, Connolly could be a better fit than Downie right? He sees the play better and is quicker than Downie, allowing for the top line to be more fluid. But again, I'm not here to trash Downie as I'm sure he'll be back on the top line if Connolly doesn't stick with the team. It's just that I've liked the look of the line with Connolly on it.

The decision on keeping him won't be if the Lightning want to burn through Connolly's first year of his three-year $2.7 million contract, it will come down to if they think he can take all the pressures of playing at such a high level each night with the team. He's going to be an impact player eventually, and his skillset is something the team can use this year, but the question we'll see answered by post-game next Tuesday is whether the management has the confidence in him being able to survive a full season.

Oh, and scoring a goal or two in the next few games will help that decision too.
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Written by Dani Toth | 17 October 2011

I can fly!!!!!

The mess continues, even at home. At least the newly renovated digs look nice?

That's a positive right?

  • Five powerplay goals were let in on NINE penalties
  • Five powerplay goals is the most Tampa has ever let in at home
  • You can't win a game when you spend the majority of it killing penalties
  • Why isn't Weiss being covered by somebody on that 6th goal?
  • As soon as Brewer took that delay of game penalty, you could bank on the Panthers scoring another PP goal
  • Bergenheim strikes with a shorthanded goal
  • Steve Downie is lucky he didn't get ejected from the game
  • Matt Gilroy walked away a plus three out of this debacle
  • Hedman and Clark should end up a minus 50 each. For all the praise I've been giving Hedman, he was atrocious.
  • Martin St. Louis had 8 shots but no points
This quote from Stamkos via the Lightning twitter is a perfect reflection of their effort:

"We need to find a way to get out of this & get something going because it's definitely unacceptable right now"

Next game: Thursday October 20th against the Islanders. That's three days to figure out your sh-t team. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 17 October 2011


Enemy Blog: Head over to Litter Box Cats or On Frozen Pond for your opposition blog coverage

Record: Lightning (1-2-2) Panthers (2-1-0)

Previous games: 3-2 OT Shootout loss on Saturday Oct 15

Game time: 7:30pm EST on SUN (HD)

It's the home opener of the season. Finally. After completing a pretty abysmal road trip, the Lightning are back at home at their newly renovated arena for three games. That's $40 million in renovations. A list of all the renovations that were being done can be found here. The list really is extensive, no? Personally I would be psyched for the cupholders.

We start things off our homestand with the second game in our home and home against the Panthers. Saturday night's affair looked like a mess of a team and Marc-Andre Bergeron taking things into his own hands. Too bad those hands aren't in the shootout. But a two wins in this homestand will have us back on track.

This is a huge night for the team tonight. Big expectations for the team playing at home for a game that means something since the playoffs. Big night for Roloson tonight and only a few more games until the Connolly decision comes down.

Go bolts.

Line-up Notes:

  • Roloson gets the start for the Lightning and rookie Jacob Markstrom for the Panthers makes his NHL debut
  • Shannon, Purcell and Gilroy are in
  • Pyatt and Gervais are scratched
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Written by Dani Toth | 15 October 2011


Enemy Blog: Head over to Litter Box Cats for your opposition blog coverage

Record: Lightning (1-2-1) Panthers (1-1-0)

Previous games: None yet

Game time: 7:30pm EST on SUN (HD), FS-Florida

It's the Panthers home opener tonight and the Panthers are going to wear some new jerseys. The first I even heard about them getting new jersey's this season was when I read the LBC's preview this morning, how bad can they be compared to their current ones?

Tonight is part of a home and home matchup against the Panthers and this is the last game in our road trip. The boys are no doubt looking to get home for our home opener, hopefully with a win. It's been three losing games in a row so maybe there is some concern about it, but looking at how the lineup keeps getting juggled and how many games we played last year, I would say to be patient. We can judge the team after their three game homestand and if we are still on a losing streak, then we can start hitting the panic button. Right now, be patient.

The Lightning are again having a line-up change as Connolly will skate with Stamkos and St. Louis again. Connolly only has a few more games before he's played out his 9 games and then the management will have to make a decision with him. Nice to see him getting a shot up on the big line with Stammer and St. Louis, he has moments last game where he looked like he could be a good fit, and then of course flashes where he looked a step behind. And Pyatt, Jones and Gilroy is in while Purcell, Shannon and Gervais is out.

Tonight some of you will be looking forward to seeing Sean Bergenheim again. Whatever. He went for some money with a team that looks like a mess. Have fun with that Bergenheim.

The Panther's line-up will look like this:

Line-up Notes:

  • Garon was first off the ice this morning so I'm assuming he's in goal and Jose Theodore for the Panthers
  • Connolly, Pyatt, Jones, and Gilroy are in
  • Purcell, Shannon and Gervais are scratched
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Written by Dani Toth | 14 October 2011

If you haven't seen this yet:

Awesome right?

Today we got our first look at the Tesla coils that will shoot lightning bolts to a length of about 20 feet. Did anyone else think The Prestige when they saw it? It seems pretty loud and a little small for 20 feet, but I'll hold back my judgement until we see the finished product on a game night.

Cristodero reports that it may not be ready to go for the home opener on Monday though:

The issue with the two coils, which are supposed to shoot lightning bolts about 20 feet to celebrate Lightning goals, is they need to be extensively tested. If delayed it would be because of "technical related issues," Lightning chief operating officer Steve Griggs said.

"Our goal is to have the majority of the changes completed," Griggs said. "But with the construction schedule going right to Monday there could be a couple things that could be off line."

Ok, so safety first but hopefully we'll get see it soon

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Written by Dani Toth | 13 October 2011


This photo pretty much sums up the game: players standing around watching the puck go in

The game started out with Hedman trying to clear the puck and instead batting the puck in. From there, you know this was going to be a sign of terrible things to come.

Stamkos tied it at 1-1 with his first goal of the season and maybe you thought that things were looking up. But then turnovers, weak coverage by the D, players caught standing still and Roloson getting the hook midway through the 2nd period was my summary of the game. After that 2nd period, I didn't make it through watching the 3rd period, hopefully neither did you. no comments