I sure chose a poor time to get sick. After posting my highest viewed article over the weekend about a Sarasota guy’s massive hockey collection, I caught a nasty cold that put me out of commission.
Despite the Lightning’s season being over, a good bit of team-related news is popping up.
Posts during the next week will be infrequent, too, as I’ll be heading to Las Vegas for an assignment. I hope I can score a trip back to Vegas one year for the NHL Awards, and heck, maybe a NHL exhibition game. A franchise there? I’m not buying it.
Here’s what we’ve got in current and former Lightning news:
- The Latvian Lightning prospect Kristers Gudlevskis continues to turn heads, this time with a 6-5 win Thursday over the U.S. Tyler Johnson managed to pot one in. (USAHockey.com)
- Johnson, by the way, loves a good game of pickleball in the offseason. (Erik Erlendsson | Tampa Tribune)
- Tampa Bay History Center will host a Stanley Cup show-and-tell event with Andreychuk and NHL trophies June 7. (TampaBayHistoryCenter.org)
- The Jack Adams Trophy will be there, too. It might stay here soon. Nominee Jon Cooper talks to Hockey Night In Canada Radio about his mighty fine regular season and not-so fine playoffs. (CBC)
- Good move by the New York Rangers to attend the funeral for Martin St. Louis’s mother on Sunday. (Katie Strang | ESPN.com)
- And because his mother died on Mothers Day of all days, it’s time to stop being a dick about Marty leaving the Bolts. (Martin Fennelly | Tampa Tribune)
- Actually, it’s time to forgive him. (Tom Jones | Tampa Bay Times)
- Plus there’s reason to cheer for Marty and Brad Richards: they earned the Bolts a conditional 1st-round pick. (Erik Erlendsson | Tampa Tribune)
- Side note: 10 years ago, St. Louis potted 6 assists and Richards scored 3 goals and a helper against the Canadiens to play in the Conference Final.
- The Bolts might have to give up a second-round pick soon. Callahan’s agent says Tampa is in the mix. (Joe Smith | Tampa Bay Times)
- That’s owner Eric Brewer to you. Brewer decides to become a part owner of the WHL’s Prince George Cougars (Lightning.NHL.Com)
- After blowing a 3-0 series lead, Dan Boyle of the Sharks will not be back. Buy or pass on this Lightning alumnus? (TSN)
- The Tampa Bay Times is putting Joe Smith on the Lightning beat full time. His reward was to stop covering the Rays. (Tampa Bay Times)
So where’s Damian Cristodero? He’s going into Caps territory:
After 16 years at the Tampa Bay Times and 13 seasons covering the Lightning, I am leaving the paper to join my wife in Washington DC.
— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) May 12, 2014
- And finally, help raise money to fight cancer by helping the Lighting VP of Human Relations Keith Harris in Friday’s Relay For Life. Harris’s mom is currently fighting the disease. (Ernest Hooper | Tampa Bay Times)