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Crunch's Richard Benefits From Video Session


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Breaking down the video helped show Tanner Richard his options.

The Syracuse Crunch center sat down with head coach Benoit Groulx for a 25-minute video session after Richard returned to the lineup last week. Richard, who has been primarily a pass-first type of player, and Groulx went through each shift by the second, shared their thought processes and the choices available on each play.

Richard hopes to continue to refine his decision-making skills with the puck as he continues to develop with the Crunch.

“We were looking at shifts and the passes I made and he would ask what I should have done there,” Richard said. “I’m thinking ‘Well, I made a pretty good pass right on our guy’s tape and he got in a shooting position,’ but then he’s like ‘OK, look at all this free ice. You could have taken it yourself.’

“You want to try and take more control of the game instead of always giving the puck away.”

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 88

This week’s “Andrei Vasilevskiy Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 88
· Vasilevskiy pre-draft scouting reports read like Superman comics
· TB’s immediate goaltending future
· Brian Boyle as a trade piece
· Farm overflowing with forward prospects
· Syracuse’s playoff potential

Dotchin Adjusts to NHL with Hedman’s Guidance

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin is just five games into his NHL career, but that hasn’t stopped head coach Jon Cooper from turning to the rookie in important situations and allowing him the opportunity to contribute to the team in a meaningful way, despite his youth.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 87

This is this week’s “Starting a Sidney Crosby to Tampa Bay Rumor” edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 87
· Nester-off the roster
· Future D, and why change is needed now and later
· Koekkoek still on the outside looking in
· Deadline a chance to gain roster flexibility
· Yzerman’s best move/non-move of 2016
· Stephens sizzling in London

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 86

This is this week’s “86 86 86 86 86 86 86” edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· Kucherov’s journey to the NHL
· Dotchin’s debut
· Lightning could be on to something, or not at all, but I'm betting on _____
· What happens if TB is sellers? Who’s safe?
· Lots of work to do regardless if TB is buying or selling
· Nester-on or Nester-off?
· Mailbag apology

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Lightning Power Play Live: January 23, 2017

One of the highlights of my week is my Monday guest appearance on Greg Linnelli’s Lightning Power Play Live show on tblpowerplay.com.

Lightning Radio has provided us the audio file in case you missed it on Monday evening.

This week, Greg and I talk about what ails the Lightning, adjusting player upside projections, goaltending issues, signs of hope, and what’s going on in Syracuse and junior hockey.

Greg’s show airs each evening, and is one of the best shows out there for Lightning fans.

Enjoy:

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The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 85

This is this week’s “Petr Klima” edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The Klima defection story
· Drouinsanity 2.0
· Hedman-less Lightning
· Mid-season philosophical change?

(Note: The #BPMailbag will be a blog post later this week.)

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To listen on Lightning Power Play, go to Lightning Power Play. It airs Thursdays.

Peca Adjusts Quickly with Lightning

By Steven

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Matthew Peca is just eight games into his NHL career since being recalled from the Syracuse Crunch on Dec. 27, but he’s adjusting quickly to playing at the game’s highest level.

Peca has a goal and an assist and is averaging 12 minutes of ice time per game as the Lightning seek to close a six-point gap for the final wild card position in the Eastern Conference currently held by the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 84

This is this week’s “Marty Memories” (full) edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· Marty memories
· WJC recap and prospect review
· Where do WJC prospects fit in TB plan?
· 3 prospects traded
· Checking in on Syracuse
· Interview with AHL All-Star Matt Taormina
· A rant.

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Veteran Defenseman Taormina's Play Hits Full Potential With Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

In three years, Matt Taormina has gone from struggling to find an AHL deal to being a league-leading defenseman

After a trade sent him from Syracuse to Springfield the season prior, Taormina was humbled as he searched for a home in the AHL and settled on a contract with Worcester in late September 2014. Now the 30-year-old is back with the Crunch, leads all AHL blueliners with 32 points and was selected to participate in the AHL All-Star Classic for a fourth time.

Taormina is embracing his role as a veteran leader as he continues to push for a spot in the NHL.

“If you have some down years, it will hurt you a little bit,” Taormina said. “I wasn’t at my full potential back then, and now I think I’ve really figured it out. I’ve stayed calm and steady, and I feel a lot more comfortable and confident than I have since early on in my career.”

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