Lightning Links: Somebody hug Ben Bishop

Ben Bishop needs wrist surgery, elbow rehab and a hug while the rest of the team. Fans still need a hug and a shoulder to cry on to, and there are plenty of post-season eulogies out there for the Tampa Bay Lightning as you’ll see below. Or in Evan Longoria’s case, he’s going to need another haircut.

Update: Hugs all around for Ben Bishop for being announced as a Vezina finalist. Unless it’s Varlamov giving the hug. |

Puck Potpourri

Puck Daddy playoff eulogies aren’t for the faint of heart. It’s as close to a Comedy Central Roast when it comes to hockey blogs. You have been warned, thanks to a line like this: “This is the most anyone has ever thought about the Tampa Bay Lightning.” Brian Palmer | Puck Daddy

Raw Charge tries to heal the pain with some kumbaya talk. Clark J Brooks | Raw Charge

Rays’ Evan Longoria shaved a lightning bolt in his hair to honor the hockey team. A day late, a few hairs too short. Sports Talk Florida (only source to have photo so far)

The Lightning are one of the league’s three least valuable teams and were defeated by the second most valuable. Chris Smith | Forbes

Ondrei Palat and Tyler Johnson are Calder Trophy finalists as top rookies. Votes to give Nathan MacKinnon the award in fear of Patrick Roy tantrum. Damian Cristodero | Tampa Bay Times

Ryan Callahan is open to returning (if the price is right) and everyone else wants him back. Brain Stubits | CBS Sports

Bishop needs surgery and a hug

Ben Bishop needs wrist surgery because of a torn ligament. Lonnie Herman |

“Marty (St. Louis) used to give me a lot of (grief) because I probably led the league in dropped sticks,” Bishop said. “I couldn’t hold my stick. If anyone touched it, I had to drop it.” Damn straight. Damian Cristodero | Tampa Bay Times

And his elbow? “It popped out, and they popped it back in again back in the locker room …it didn’t feel very good.” Erik Erlendsson | Tampa Tribune

Grading the season

Look to the future, not to the past. “At the end of the day,” center Steven Stamkos said, “hopefully we can all learn from this.” Andrew Astleford | FOX Sports Florida

“There is no team that comes to mind that dealt with more injuries of off ice distractions than the Lightning did.” Chris Dingman | CBS Tampa

“The Tampa Bay Lightning are disappointed, though not discouraged.” Fred Goodall | The Associated Press

It was an 82-game learning lesson with a miserable four-game exam. Damian Cristodero |Tampa Bay Times

“The Lightning’s postseason run ended before it ever really began.” Erik Erlendsson | Tampa Tribune


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