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31 December 1969 8:00pm
How many games will it take before Lightning faithful begin to see what everyone else does?
Before the Message Board posters take a step back and realize the Emperor has no clothes?
Before the Lightning power play using the same umbrella scheme and similar personnel begins to frustrate again?
Before the 600-pound gorilla missing shots wide on Richards' Left Wing is noticed or addressed?
Before even the most ardent Luke Richardson supporters admit he's lost more than a step?
Before the trumpeters of Filip Kuba attain an inkling of his struggles grasping Ramsay's system?
Before all the baseless confidence entrusted to Marc Denis in net is eroded away by multiple goals against each night?
...and surprised many at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon this morning after flying home from Detroit on Saturday, a shiner visible beneath his visor.
After about 20 minutes of full ice drills under Torts' direction, tonight's skaters packed their gear and left him to run half ice drills with Rammer and Reeser along with today's expected scratches of Egener, Rogers, Smaby, Sarich, DiMaio, Fedotenko, and Burke. Brady Greco still watching from upstairs. Ranger still out.
Appears that Tarnasky, Perrin, Milley, and Fritz will fill the lower three RW slots while competing for Taylor's LW.
Repeatedly throughout the series of Town Hall Meetings held over the past two weeks, Lightning GM Jay Feaster was asked about the makeup of his roster.
He stated he fully expects to have 3 goalies (Denis, Holmqvist, and Burke) on 1-way contracts come to Training Camp and remain on the roster through pre-season. Said all 7 defensemen on 1-way contracts are expected to be on the Opening Night roster. Offered that he anticipates making no more moves nor signings before camp. Clarified he prefers to have enough cap space to recall 2 players as play/injuries warrant. Mentioned he expects to carry 21 at the NHL level, which translates to only 11 forwards.
As if on Chad's cue, the young Slovak with 47 goals and 135 points in the Q last season decided to host his coming out party Thursday.
Taking Blair Jones's opening faceoff and drawing a penalty by the returning Andy Rogers in :38, Lascek was granted the first of what would be many, many penalty shots/shootout attempts on this day.
His first on Joe Pearce's blocker side would be deflected high into the glass. The next a teed up slapper thru traffic in front at 4:16 would make his water bottle dance.
The Justin Keller - Blair Jones - Stanislav Lascek line continued to dominate the opening 30 minute period facing Andy Rogers - P.J. Atherton and the checking line of Todd Griffith - David Desharnais - Ryan Gibbons. Alexandre Imbeault the surprise scratch.