News about the Tampa Bay Lightning will trickle now for the next five months now that the season is done. Let that sink in for a moment.
A short burst about the draft and free agency, maybe a couple posts about development camp and two stories on court coverage for Ryan Malone. That’s about it.
In that time, about 50 bloggers and reporters, myself included, will write a dissertation on the 2013-14 season and playoffs by the time the season opener comes around. Headlines and links will likely be focusing instead on the former Lightning left in the playoffs, especially Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier who are all in the same series with former Bolts Dominic Moore, Adam Hall and Benoit Pouliot. (Steve Downie is out indefinitely.)
Enjoy it while you can.
“The Lightning had a league-leading 12 penalties for too many men on the ice.” More amazing stats tell the story. Damian Cristodero | Tampa Bay Times
Former Bolt Dominic Moore is absolute bangerz right now. Allan Kreda | New York Times
Former Bolt Jussi Jokinen is money right now, scoring the GWG for the Pens the other night. He has 3 goals, 1 assist in the series, leading Pittsburgh in goal scoring. NHL.com
AAA is booking a 2015 Lightning Fan Cruise now. It’s July 12-19, 2015, where you get to be tanked with the players and alumni. Sounds great except instead of leaving from Channelside, the cruise departs from Cape Liberty, N.J. AAA.com
Bolts TV and radio guys give their take on the season. Tampa Bay Lightning
J.T. Brown’s two-minute exit interview is released. Tampa Bay Lightning
Ondrej Palat’s also-brief exit interview. He’s going to Vegas…for the NHL Awards Show. Tampa Bay Lightning
Elliotte Friedman revisiting Lindback and other Bolts bits in 30 Thoughts. Elliotte Friedman | CBC
Playoff hockey is still alive in Florida. ECHL Orlando Solar Bears, the Wild and Leafs affiliate, have Game Six at the Amway Center on Tuesday. OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com
Syracuse Crunch owner Howard Dolgon is being linked to interested buyers of the New York Islanders. Lindsay Kramer | Syracuse.com