20011 Archives http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/table/2011-articles/november/ Wed, 24 May 2017 02:26:51 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Lightning re-sign Hedman for 5 years http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/lightning-re-sign-hedman-for-5-years.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/lightning-re-sign-hedman-for-5-years.html

Via press release from the team:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Victor Hedman to a five-year contract through the 2016-17 season, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

“We are extremely pleased to announce that we have agreed to a five-year contract with Victor,” Yzerman said.  “He has shown tremendous growth as a player in just more than two seasons in the NHL while also becoming a key member of our team.  We look forward to his continued development in a Lightning uniform.”

"I'd like to thank our owner, Mr. Vinik, and of course GM Steve Yzerman for helping me move forward in my career," said Hedman. "I love it in Tampa Bay with the Lightning and I will do all I can to help this organization be successful on and off the ice."

Hedman, 6-foot-6, 229 pounds, has played in 20 games with the Lightning this season, recording two goals. He ranks second on the Lightning in average ice time with 22:55 per game, just five seconds behind team-leader Eric Brewer (23:00), and is tied for second for blocked shots with 40.

The No. 2 overall pick of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Hedman, 20, has played in 173 career NHL games, all with the Lightning after coming to North America prior to the 2009-10 campaign.  Since that time no other Tampa Bay defenseman has played in more games and recorded more goals (9), assists (39) or points (48).   He has averaged more than 20 minutes of ice time per game in each of his three NHL seasons, ranking in the top three or higher on the Bolts in each.  Last year Hedman led all Lightning defensemen with 23 assists and was second among team defensemen with 26 points.  Hedman was also fourth on the team with a plus-3 rating.

A native of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, Hedman played for MoDo Hockey of the Swedish Elite League before joining the Lightning.  In 2008-09 he was named the league’s Rookie of the Year at the age of 18 after making his debut during the 2007-08 season.  Hedman has represented his native Sweden in multiple international competitions, including winning the Bronze Medal at the 2010 IIHF World Championships as well as Silver Medals at both the 2009 and 2008 World Junior Championships.

So assuming the TSN report is correct at $4 million per year (and I'll update later when we get some numbers), and maybe not everyone will agree with my take, but I like the contract.

Yes $4 million may seem like WAY too much to pay for Hedman now, but he's got a ton of potential. It's too bad that his first year in the league he walked into a mess with the team, so I'm giving him some leeway on where I think he should be at. But since I've seen tons of improvement each season with Hedman and can only see him improving in the next few years, I see us saying in a few years that this was a great contract.

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]]> thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) November Wed, 30 Nov 2011 20:19:13 +0000 Lightning expected to announce Hedman contract extension http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/per-tsn-lightning-expected-to-announce-hedman-contract-extension.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/per-tsn-lightning-expected-to-announce-hedman-contract-extension.html As per TSN:

The Tampa Bay Lightning are expected to announce a multi-year contract extension for defenceman Victor Hedman on Wednesday.

There is speculation the deal could be about five years in length with an annual salary cap hit in the neighbourhood of $4 million per season.

This season, Hedman has two goals in 20 games with a rating of minus-5.

Hedman was drafted second overall in the 2009 Entry Draft and was slated to become a restricted free agent at season's end.

I'll update later when I hear more solid info.]]>
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) November Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:22:25 +0000
Lightning 1, Leafs 7 - Lit up by the Leafs http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/lightning-1-leafs-7-lit-up-by-the-leafs.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/lightning-1-leafs-7-lit-up-by-the-leafs.html

Thanks for showing up tonight boys, you made Roloson look sad. So sad he looks like he wants to go play on that team from Toronto.

More sad photos after the jump...
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) November Wed, 23 Nov 2011 04:52:53 +0000
Game 20: Leafs in Tampa http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/game-20-leafs-in-tampa.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/game-20-leafs-in-tampa.html TampaForum7.jpg

Enemy Blog: Head over to Puckin' Eh or Pension Plan Puppets for your opposition blog coverage

Record: Lightning (9-8-2) Leafs (11-8-2)

Previous games this season: None

Game time: 7:30pm EDT on SUN (HD), RIS (HD)

What's the over/under on how many questions will Hedman and Steckel have to answer about Crosby today?

These aren't your Leafs from last season, no these ones can actually win a game or two. On Saturday night's game of the Leafs vs. the Caps, the Leafs won 7-1 but then on Sunday night they lost 2-3 to the Hurricanes.

Scoring for the Leafs is coming from Phil Kessel who is leading the league in goals with 16 and points with 29. Not far behind in Joffrey Lupul who has 25 points.

thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) November Tue, 22 Nov 2011 17:36:17 +0000
Movember: Rating the Lightning Effort http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/movember-rating-the-effort.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/movember-rating-the-effort.html
But it's for a good cause, and since we're at about the 2/3 mark of Movember and I think that it's about time we take a look at the effort our boys are making. Let's get started:

First we start out with Ryan Shannon, who is trying, but really just isn't growing anything:


Yeah, no dice. Points for trying I guess but Nate Thompson grows this level of hair after he has his morning coffee.

Grade: E for effort

And here is Dominic Moore:


Moore seems to be growing a 5 o'clock shadow, but no real definition of the mustache there. Where is the moustache Dominic?

Grade: Fail

Next up, Matt Gilroy:


Gilroy's moustache is just everywhere. Much like his hair is looking under that hat. It's all up to his nose and goes way past the lip area. Rookie mistake. Needs some serious grooming.

Grade: C

Read more after the jump...
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) November Sun, 20 Nov 2011 05:12:27 +0000
Game 19: Lightning 2, Devils 4 http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/game-19-lightning-2-devils-4.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/game-19-lightning-2-devils-4.html

You can't win hockey games when you only play 40 minutes of the game. Lightning lose 4-2.
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) November Sun, 20 Nov 2011 02:47:53 +0000
Game 19: Devils in Tampa http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/game-19-devils-in-tampa.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/game-19-devils-in-tampa.html TampaForum4.jpg

Enemy Blog: Head over to Running With The Devils for your opposition blog coverage

Record: Lightning (9-7-2) Devils (9-7-1)

Previous games this season: None

Game time: 7:00pm EDT on CW44

Big win on Thursday night over the Pens. We are on a six game home win streak and tonight is another night at home. From what I remember from last season over the Devils, the Devils had our number. I think they won 3 out of the 4 games we played. I'm not sure how they are playing this year because I haven't paid attention, but their record is pretty much the same as our if that is any indication.
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) November Sat, 19 Nov 2011 22:34:24 +0000
Game 18: Lightning 4, Penguins 1 http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/game-18-lightning-4-penguins-1.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/game-18-lightning-4-penguins-1.html

After much bitching about sloppy play of late, the Lightning came up with a big win tonight.

Lecavalier should win all three stars tonight with his play. He had lots of hustle, two goals (one was an empty net) and never gave up on the puck. What a man.


No idea what Tyler Kennedy is doing there
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) November Fri, 18 Nov 2011 05:05:07 +0000
Game 18: Penguins in Tampa http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/game-18-penguins-in-tampa.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/game-18-penguins-in-tampa.html lightning_pens1_1.jpg

Enemy Blog: Head over to The Pensblog and the Puck Huffers for your opposition blog coverage

Record: Lightning (8-7-2) Penguins (11-4-3)

Previous games this season: None

Game time: 7:30pm EDT on SUN (HD), NHLN-US

During the past couple weeks it's been kind of a surprise as to which team shows up on the ice each night. We seem to keep alternating between 2 or 3 game win or losing streaks. On a positive note, our home record has actually been pretty good with only one loss at home.

After being beaten by the Jets on Monday, the players had a players-only meeting. Those seem to be trendy this time of year when you lose to a shitty team like the Jets. Let's hope some good came out of it, though dind't we just have one a few weeks ago? And what happened to breakfast being the game changer?

This is the first game against the Pens since we last played them in the playoffs last season. The Penguins are currently atop of the Eastern Conference, 7 points ahead of us. As if everyone in hockey is not aware, Sidney Crosby isn't playing yet. Is there a requirement to write an obligatory Crosby article each time a team plays the Pens? Maybe beat writers get it pre-written in their games notes package.

Malone is not expected to play tonight, though he will be back for Saturday night's game against the Devils. And if you want to read about how much love Yzerman feels for Versus, who owns Comcast, who owns the Flyers, who bitched about the 1-3-1, have a read here.

Go bolts

Line-up Notes:

  • Roloson will get the start in goal
  • Malone is out, Purcell is expected to play
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) November Thu, 17 Nov 2011 17:36:48 +0000
GM Meetings: Monitoring the 1-3-1 for a stalemate http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/gm-meetings-monitoring-the-1-3-1-for-a-stalemate.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/gm-meetings-monitoring-the-1-3-1-for-a-stalemate.html
Here are the quotes on the issue via NHL.com

Colin Campbell:

"We went around the room and got every manager's opinion on where we're at with that, I led the discussion saying we've played over 8,000 games since we took the red line out and this is the first time we've had a particular incident like this. We saw it in the World Junior [championship] one time, but the managers for the most part felt it is something we have to watch, work on and talk about it more in March. It's not the type of hockey you want to throw at your fans very often."

GM Steve Yzerman:

"It was good. We got everybody's opinions on things, and it was good. I think the general consensus is just monitor the game and the way it is played, and potentially if there are problems going forward that need to be adjusted, at the appropriate time there will be."

"It hasn't happened very often," Yzerman said of the controversial stalemate. "I think the way the game is played -- I think virtually every team in the League plays pretty similar, and I think it is a byproduct of the way the rules are now. Coaches figure out ways to play and ways to be successful with the personnel they have. If incidents occur like that more regularly, then obviously we'd have to look at altering the rules once again. Tampa Bay plays virtually the same way that every team in the League does."


Even if there is a problem going forwards, it's going to be a tough issue to tackle. A rule might have to be implemented, but then do you find fault with the team in possession with the puck or the team defending?

thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) November Wed, 16 Nov 2011 06:00:50 +0000