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31 December 1969 8:00pm

How Many Games?

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?

Alexeev Skated

...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.

21 man roster

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.

Day 3 Scoring

Enter Stanislav: 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.


From his chrome dome and yellow cranial lid to his sparkling white RBK blockers to the day-glow green Koho in hand, this Finn stands out. Positionally sound. Masterful glove. Quick recovery. One young lady was overheard remarking he was just cute enough for her to wrap up and take home with her for the summer. Jonathan D'Aversa's crash just :32 seconds into his Ice Palace premiere brought audible gasps and quick relief as both bounced up and competed admirably thereafter. Kicked aside blueline slappers with ease. Flashed a poised left catcher and fed his opposite-side defensive help to clear. Even took one off the frontal lobe without distraction.

Conditioning and Tryout Camp July 25-29

Jones, Keller, Kvapil, and Lascek among 21 prospects scheduled to be in attendance. Mihalik, Rogers, and Smaby slated to protect Ramo from 20 non-roster invitees. Should be the largest assemblage of draftees/signees since the opening camp in Lakeland Civic Center. Effectively dispells last week's scaled back report. July 25 - July 29 8:15-9:45 a.m. conditioning drills 9:45-11:15 a.m. more drills 3:15-4:30 p.m. scrimmage Official Press Release details/profiles: LIGHTNING TO HOST CONDITIONING AND TRYOUT CAMP CAMP OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FEATURES 41 PROSPECTS The Tampa Bay Lightning will host 41 prospects at the St. Pete Times Forum Tuesday, July 25 through Saturday, July 29 for the 2006 Conditioning and Tryout Camp. The event is open and free to the public.

Rookie Camp

The much anticipated Rookie Camp expected this summer at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum has been scaled back. It is not expected to be a full week open to the public as it was in 2002. A series of "evaluation" skates have been scheduled for three days over the last week of July. Ice will be prepared inside the St. Pete Times Forum before July 26th. More details regarding participants forthcoming. As there has been no public announcement yet, please refrain from posting this on the various message boards we all frequent. Thanks.
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