The Bolts continue workouts and scrimmages in Estero, with beat reporters Erik Erlendsson and Damian Cristodero following the team along and reporting on things, as well as opining here and there about surprising performances by Syracuse Crunch invitees.
With the new season starting on Saturday at Times Palace, Damian Cristodero shared a little nugget with readers from the lips of Guy Boucher:
Candy from coach Boucher for anyone going to Friday's practice in Tampa: "When we hit the ice Friday, we'll have our team."— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) January 16, 2013
Odds are that the roster has already been decided upon, but an extended look-see is taking place for some of the young players for the sake of experience. Erik Erlendsson had an article in the Tampa Tribune today stating that forward Cory Conacher is doing everything he can to prove he belongs on this team.
If Conacher is making the team, then that leaves one or two roster spots if the Lightning intend to use a full 23 man roster. This puts bubble forwards such as J.T. Wyman, Kyle WIlson, Mike Angelidis and Tyler Johnson on notice: they have one more day to sell themselves.
For those who want to bring up the defense situation (as Radko Gudas and Mark Barberio are turning heads), that's a totally different subject and discussion to be had. We'll talk about it later.