Tuesday night link dump and open thread

"Here I am, love me." -- Brett Connolly (not really, but it seems fitting) (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

So the draft is done, free agency starts on Thursday.  here's some of the things going on in Lightning world as well as the rest of the hockey and sports world.  Make sure to vote in the team confidence poll.

Lightning News

  • Bolt Prospects supplemental rankings are out post-draft.  [Bolt Prospects]
  • It's several months old, but here's an interview of 3rd round pick Radko Gudas, done by our friend Su Ring.  [King 5]
  • The Prince George Cougars congratulated Brett Connolly on his selection [YouTube]
  • An aspect of the Thrashers trade for Dustin Byfuglien that many overlooked, that has Downie-drama written all over it [Frozen Sheets]
  • Brett Connolly's pre-Draft interview with Matthew Gunning...  [Bird Watchers Anonymous]
  • ...and Brett Connolly's post-draft interview with Damian Cristordero [Lightning Strikes]
  • Lightning power play guru / assistant coach Adam Oates has been hired by the New Jersey Devils as an assistant coach [Fire & Ice]
  • Meanwhile, Lightning Head Coach Guy Boucher's assistant search is just getting underway. [TBO]
  • 4th round pick James Mullin was surprised how high he went at #118 overall [Philly.com ]
  • You likely missed the news Steve Yzerman has acquired some goalie help for the Lightning [Don't Trade Vinny]

General league news below the jump, and of course we are chatting in comments.  Join us (live at 7:30 PM and still open for later)

Hockey News

  • I was shocked by this sitting in Staples Center, and the NHL was shocked, too.  Surprise picks from the first round [NHL.com]
  • Speaking of which, watch Cam Fowler enduring his draft free fall.  Reminds me of the 1995 NFL draft and Warren Sapp  [Puck Daddy]
  • It's already been pointed out, but it was family time uring draft day two at Staples Center.  And We're not just talking Brock BeukeboomLondon Free Press]
  • The ten UFA goalies you would actually want on your team [Puck Daddy]
  • The Hockey Writers puts up their picks for the top-ten hockey sweaters of the past and present.  I don't quite agree with some of these...  [The Hockey Writers]
  • Mike Modano will not return to the Dallas Stars [Defending Big D]
  • ...and Joe Nieuwyndyk is catching hell for it [Defending Big D]
  • Revisiting the "History will be made" commercials from the 2010 NHL Playoffs. [Stay Classy]
  • The CHL import-Draft (teams picking foreign players) was today [CHL.ca]
  • Former Bolt Nick Tarnasky was not given a qualifying offer from the Panthers, making him a UFA [The Litter Box]
  • nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin land in Boston [Boston.com]

General

  • A look at ESPN and how they are trying to accomplish what other sports networks are doing online in recruiting Bloggers....  But are failing.  Badly. [Koo's Corner] A list of past incidents with BJ Upton... [St. Pete Times]
  • For the college football crowd, the Lockerpalooza publicity tour is in full swing [College Football Talk]
  • ...Clark Brook's done with defending BJ Upton... [The Beach Bucket]
  • ...so is Cork Gaines... [Rays Index]
  • ....but R.J Anderson is not [Draysbay]
  • Have you vitied the Tampa Bay hub for SB nation?  It's only been up and functioning a week. [SBN Tampa Bay]
  • Don't forget to vote in the fan confidence poll at the bottom of this post!
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