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Five Questions with Lightning Bloggers John Fontana and Jon Jordan

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Red Light District, as part of their 30 teams in 30 days coverage, asked me a couple'o'questions to coincide their overview of the Lightning this off-season. We riff on a number of matters including Stevie Y, Jeff Vinik and the search for the Bolts next coach..

Connect Community Puck Talk

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Join Cassie McClellan and Su Ring from Daily Su for another edition of Connect Community Puck Talk. Guests include: Clayton Hansler, who'll help recap Game 1 of the SCF; Mark Willoughby, who'll update us on a special Tweetup for Nashville flood relief; and our "3 Questions" guest: Alix Wright from the Canucks Hockey Blog (and cousin of Lightning prospect James "Killer" Wright). 3 pm Pacific, 6 pm Eastern, 11 pm British.

Tampa Bay Rays temporarily turning their backs on Lightning to support Blackhawks

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The Tampa Bay Rays are famous for themed road trips under Joe Maddon. Hockey is the theme this time around, and supporting the Chicago Blackhawks

Bolt from the Blue: John Cullen

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Long time Lightning fans and general NHL fans will recall John Cullen... And recall his battle with cancer. The Lightning revisit team history and revisit Cullen in this piece posted on the Bolts official web site.

Helenius To Spend Another Year In Sweden

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According to agent Jay Grossman, Riku Helenius will spend another season in the Swedish Elite League.

Report: Lightning to request permission to speak with Dineen about Head Coaching job

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If secrecy was Vinik's thing regarding the GM search, Steve Yzerman is not following that blueprint in his head coaching hunt.

Previous first-hires by new Tampa Bay Lightning owners

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Jeffrey Vinik's first hiring and how it happened tells us things about the owner. Lets look back at other Lightning owners and what their first hires told us.

"Currently we have one goalie under contract at the NHL level. I know Antero Nittymaki is...

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"Currently we have one goalie under contract at the NHL level. I know Antero Nittymaki is approaching unrestricted free agency on July 1st, a priority for us will be to have a 2nd goaltender there. I think everything has to be assessed, but you need two NHL experienced goaltenders to start. You have two or three young prospects that were in the American hockey League or in Europe that have potential, I think you have to figure out what to do with that second goaltender position."

Steve Yzerman -- addressing the Bolts biggest weakness

Rick Peckham interviews Steve Yzerman

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We've posted the video interview between Rick Peckham and Steve Yzerman from yesterday.

Yzerman's leaving tough on Wings' family

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If you didn't already know - and most do, I think - this is the type of guy the Lightning signed on as GM. Detroit Red Wings fans aren't angry about him leaving. They're all sad but grateful - and hope that Lightning fans appreciate the gift that they received. They're all just like Mike Illitch.

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