How do you say "WTF" in Czech?

Well, either the NHL thinks highly of the Tampa Bay Lightning or they're trying to get even with us for something or other...

There's a news piece out of Pittsburgh (covered here by TSN.ca) stating the NHL is interested in having the Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins open the 2008-09 campaign in Prague, Czech Republic.

Of course, there's also this bit that shows you how much I'm reading the sports section these days:

A Lightning official confirmed in Sunday's St. Petersburg Times that the Florida team has been approached by the league for participation.

Lightning vs. Penguins and vice versa is a thrilling match-up when both teams are playing up to their potential. It's also a superb marketing tool. The only problem I see is, well, Gary and company? You guys still do a shit job marketing in the US -- let alone in Europe. I know you need to make the NHL a global product but you also need to strengthen your exposure at home. Just saying...

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