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Bolt Prospects in the News!

In today's Tampa Tribune, [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBE7QC3VSE.html]Erik Erlendsson cites Bolt Prospects[/url] as the source regarding news for goaltender [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius'[/url] shoulder injury. To my knowledge, this is the first time the site has ever been cited as a source by the mainstream media, so today we've taken another important step as a website. And the beauty of it is, we have our community of readers/bloggers to thank for it. Finnish community member Vsala first brought the injury to everyone's attention and member yackacack contributed the link to the Finnish website with information of the story. Then Chad went and got confirmation of the injury from the Lightning and a milestone was made. That's the beauty of a fully interactive blogging community. So, special thanks and kudos to all involved and by all means, keep blogging.

The Roster: Where We Stand

As the Lightning get down toward their final cuts we can finally get a good picture of what the team will look like on opening night and how it will effect the Springfield Falcons:

HF's Falcons Preview, Not So Good

Phil Laugher [url=http://hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=9085]stubs his toe[/url], in my opinion.

Medical Experts Weigh In On Camp Torturella

[url=http://www.sptimes.com/2006/09/14/Lightning/Keeping_players_skati.shtml]In an interesting article in the Times[/url], Damian Cristodero interviews several medical experts as well as the Lightning training staff on the positive effects on "Camp Torturella". The Lightning have had the least amount of man games lost to injury the past two seasons, which can partially be attributed to their rigorous conditioning regime to start the year. I have this argument regularly with fans of other teams who claim the Lightning's success at preventing injury has been the product of luck alone, and it gauls me to no end that the conventional wisdom amongst the national hockey media often parrots the same point. There may have been a point to that after one season, but after two years of having the best success in the league it's a trend, one that other teams would be wise to follow. I will point out one factor which is missing from the article though, which is that the majority of the Lightning's players are in their mid to late 20's whereas many teams in the league have a much larger compliment of players over 30 on their rosters. Having a well conditioned and youthful team has helped the Lightning stay healthy as much as "luck" and the national hockey media needs to wise up to it.

Alexeev Claims He Grew An Inch

Nikita Alexeev claims he grew an inch and gained 10 pounds of muscle when he was in Russia [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2006/09/13/Lightning/Stint_in_Russia_gave_.shtml]in a Damian Cristodero article in the Times.[/url] He also claims he will "light it up" and "dominate every year." In related news, Alexeev also has some prime land in the Everglades he's looking to sell. The former 2000 1st round draft pick had 6 goals and 10 points in 40 games last season for Omsk in the Russian Superleague. Rhetorical question: if he didn't "light it up" in Russia how likely is it he will "dominate" now in the NHL? Not very. But I'm receptive to being surprised.
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