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Greetings from that other Gulf Coast team...

Twelve hours till game time here in Biloxi. Hope the boys decide to show up for the game tonight. Just to let you all know, I'm no hockey expert, never played the game. I only really got interested in hockey during the Sea Wolves Kelly Cup season. But I quickly got hooked on the game and I'm an avid Sea Wolves fan now.

The first two weeks down here have not been enjoyable on the hockey front. But considering what we've dealt with the last two years, even bad hockey is better than no hockey!

Some random observations...

Morgan Cey: I like him in goal. He tends to flop around in a sort of Dominic Hasek style occasionally without the Hasek flopping skills. He seems to have good vision for the shots coming his way most of the time and makes some pretty damned spectacular saves.

Kevin Quick on CSTV

Television heads-up:

Kevin Quick and Michigan play at Nebraska-Omaha tonight on CSTV.

what is going on now?

I was on board till Monday, with the coaching. Why did Torts bring back Boyle and plug him into the power play immediately? The 6th ranked PP; what are they now? Why didn't they send him to Norfolk for a week; couldn't he see in practice that he was not ready? This is the same coach that played Taylor last year. It seems Torts gets a system, then when things go wrong, he makes the wrong adjustments. Now what will he do; put them on a plane to Vancouver and scream at them the whole way? Maybe that's happenning while I'm trying to squeeze this in to my shrinking space. Tort's put us in this tailspin, and then tried to blame the players.

Russian prospect news

Not sure if the BP guys had seen this yet, but Denis Kazionov is no longer on any team in Russia and apparently tried out for HC Avangard. I know the last few reports have him as not playing, and very true as he isnt with the team! It's under 10/25/07 notes at www.russianprospects.com

Also I'm trying to find out from my Russian friends, but Artyukhin might be hurt which is why he isnt playing but that cant be found anywhere so its just a rumor for now.

Nice Arty Goal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI7emIk4TiA

Pretty nice goal a buddy of mine put up from the game yesterday 10/18. I know Arty's long forgotten, but I think that #3 if I'm correct this season...seems to work well with that other runaway Svitov :)

Questions for Stirling and Loiselle

Thanks to the fine folks in the Norfolk media relations department and our own Tim Bennett, I'm going to get the opportunity to interview Admirals Head Coach Stirling and Admirals GM/Lightning Assistant GM Claude Loiselle Saturday morning before/after the morning skate.

So, with that in mind, I'm throwing this open to the readers: are there any particular questions you'd like answered about the Admirals or the Lightning prospect system? I'll have the laptop and, supposedly, high speed internet at the hotel so feel free to post your suggestions today, tonight, and all Friday and I'll try to run them by Coach and Claude.

Update on Bolt Prospects Preliminary Rankings

As readers of this site know, we typically release our annual Preliminary Rankings of the Lightning's prospects around the first week of October once Lightning camp breaks. Obviously we haven't done that yet, so I just wanted to give everyone an update on where we are.

Koshechkin Contract To Be Bought Out?

It was reported today by gazeta.ru that Ak Bars signed ex-Flyers goaltender Robert Esche. It said that Esche will replace Lightning prospect Vasily Koshechkin, whose contract is likely to bought out by the club.

Gazeta.ru is referred to Ak Bars press-cutting service, but this internet media is known for frequently reporting unproven rumors, so it is early to say that Koshechkin will leave Ak Bars for sure.

Happy Thanksgiving

To all the Canadians frequenting BP, a hearty Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you and yours.

As a Canadian living in the States, it was always nice to get two Thanksgivings a year. Sadly, those days are now gone.

Mmmmmm.... double turkey.

That Which Does Not Kill You...

It's hard not to be excited about the Lightning's 2-0 start, and I just wanted to expand on some thoughts I had after tonight's dominating effort against Atlanta. The big concern I think we all had coming into the year was how Dan Boyle's injury was going to effect the team. Boyle has been the tempo setter for this team ever since he was acquired in the 2001-2002 season, and as one of only two righty shot defensemen in the organization (AHLer David Schneider being the other) his minutes on the power play were going to be very difficult to replace. If you had held a gun to my head and asked me how the team would do over this first month, I probably would've said about .500, maybe a tad below, without Boyle. Now they're 2-0 heading into a two game set against an 0-2 Panthers team with the chance to get off to a really good start. Granted, things can change in a hurry and the team still will probably need to weather at least another three weeks without Danny (and he might not be 100% for a long time even after he returns). However, I can't help starting to think about how if this team gets off to a great first month of the season without Boyle, think how good they'll be when he returns?

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