As the summer drags on, the tropical rains move in but Lightning news is in bit of a drought.
This is why both beat reporters for the Bolts are on vacation.
As for me, I’ll be glued to my laptop a bit more for the next two weeks as I’m out with a lower-body injury. Basically, always remember to wear shower sandals. After playing Sunday night in Clearwater, I finished up my shower and as I stepped up on the tile ledge, another guy was coming back to use the toilet. I slipped, caught my foot on the edge of this channel where water is flushed through to clean, and sliced my foot. It was a great time to finally visit my doctor I’ve been meaning to see and get that tetanus shot.
Here’s the latest batch of links on players who earn legitimate injuries:
- Brenden Morrow called in to WDAE to chat with Ron Diaz about his captaincy transition in Dallas, what he likes about his new team and the awkwardness of dating Guy Carbonneau’s daughter. WDAE
- Always listen to those radio shows where players and managers are a bit more relaxed. Raw Charge smartly picked up an Yzerman call-in where he said Nabokov could turn into a semi-coach/third stringer mid-season. Raw Charge
- Tampa’s own Declan Farmer wins an ESPY for Best Male Athlete with a Disability. The sled hockey Olympian helped win gold in Sochi during the Paralympics. Kudos for the Bolts’ players and staff asking fans via Twitter to vote for Declan. Tampa Bay Lightning
- Also, former Bolt Dominic Moore did not win Best Comeback Athlete. For complete ESPY coverage, visit ESPN.
- Despite calling it Ellington in the video caption, the Bolts shot some video at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex with its Lightning Made Camp. Tampa Bay Lighting
- Bolt alumnus Paul Ranger is headed for Switzerland. NBCSports
- Vinny to the Predators looks like it’s not happening after Nashville picked up Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy. Nashville Predators
- Marty St. Louis showed up to a retirement dinner for his Vermont Catamounts coach Mike Gilligan and relayed a few nice stories including this one: “I remember my freshman year, for the first few games I hear this whistle every time I’m on the ice i hear this whistle. and I’m wondering “what’s this whistle?” I finally found out its my coach and he wants me off the ice.” Stephen Watson | WPTZ
- Former Predator and Bolt Anders Lindback is suddenly not guaranteed a No. 2 spot after the Dallas Stars signed former Leaf property Jussi Rynnas. Mike Heika | Dallas Morning News
- Detroit Free Press looks at how the Lightning are doing in the off-season. Helene St. James | Freep.com
- Why Bolt alum Chris Gratton was the whiniest player of them all thanks to a story by one retired NHL ref. Paul Stewart | Huffington Post
- Because it’s July, there’s a bunch of crap that’s out there, so I’m just going to tell you there are Canadian-driven posts about luring Stamkos to Toronto when his contract is up and leave it at that.