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Off Topic:Buc 'Em NFL Draft Live Blog Party

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For TB sports fans, JScott, Craig T and the Bull Gator are hosting a blog party / open thread over at Buc'Em for today's NFL Entry Draft. The ESPN telecast kicks off at 4 PM EDT, but get yoru fill of chatter and speculation now.

St. Louis Named Lady Byng Finalist

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The question that always comes to mind when thinking of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is this - is it a compliment or an insult for a hockey player to be nominated and/or win this award? Maybe a little of both? Discuss. There's no doubt that St. Louis was probably the best player for the Lightning this season. He certainly deserves something for all of the stitches in his face and all of the grief that he, and his teammates, endured. So is this a bright spot this season?

Bob Gainey blames Tampa Bay for Habs FAIL

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The Tampa Bay Lightning season was ridiculous... But why is another NHL GM blaming the Lightning for his own team's failings?

Hockey Night in the US? Not Likely.

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The NHL on TV - is Versus really doing them justice? Or would ESPN market the league better?

"The Plan is in Place ... The Lightning will win again" -- May 11th Forum

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For all of the doubt that lingers with fans, or worry... or speculation, or skepticism... there is one thing that's for certain: the OK Hockey wanst to engage the fans. On May 11th, at 7PM there will be another one of these open forums at the St. Pete Times Forum arena in downtown Tampa. Oren Koules, Brian Lawton and Rick Tocchet will all be on hand for a question and answer session that night. If any fans are planning to attend this event, please let us know in the comments...

Lined-Up Update (2009 Edition)

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Some of you have already probably noticed the sidebar widget on the right with the current roster makeup.  To explain it a bit, I have chronicled off-season transactions in the past with a...

JoeBoltsFan -- "Brian Lawton Speaks"

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AM Radio wunderblog JoeBoltsFan has the audio of Brian Lawton's appearance on Toronto based AM Radio speaking about the draft and the prospect of trading a certain team captain. The declaration that the Lightning are in an excellent position to get offers for the #2 pick or Lecavalier isn't the double-speak that one might read into the statement. It's stating a fact: you may have no intention at all of trading either or, but you're in prime position to have everyone throw offers at you regarding the wares that you have.

With the media struggling, should fans worry?

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A couple of weeks back, the Dallas Stars blog on Dallas News reported about Los Angeles Times and LA Daily News cutting coverage of the Los Angeles Kings in their paper.  Oh, stories were still...

Red Line Report drops Tavares to #3 overall?

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When multiple polling firms go over a single issue with different groups of people, there tends to be a consensus and consistent margin that the polling subjects fall within. And usually, one poll veers off target wildly. That poll is usually referred to as the outlier, because it falls well outside the margin-of-error of all other polls on the subject. I submit to you the NHL scouting report outlier for the 2009 entry draft. Click the title link to read the story. The scouting firm in question can be found here.

St. Pete Times Forum -- aka Ice Palace -- under construction circa 1994/1995 via www.kimmins.com...

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St. Pete Times Forum -- aka Ice Palace -- under construction circa 1994/1995 via www.kimmins.com way back when...

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