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World Championships Kick Off in Germany

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World Championships Kick Off in Germany - Your Primer to the tournament

Tampa Bay Lightning players & prospects at World Championships

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Bolt Prospects sent out a link on Twitter to their updated list of Lightning players participating at the World Championships in Germany. They missed Juraj Simek on their list - he was playing for Switzerland as of three days ago in an exhibition game. The opening game of preliminary rounds is today at 2:15 pm Eastern. The USA will faceoff against the host country Germany. It is the only game scheduled today. Belarus - prospect D Kirill Gotovets Canada - C Steven Stamkos & W Steve Downie Latvia - prospect W Martins Karsums Russia - prospect G Vasily Koshechkin Slovakia - D Vladimir Mihalik & prospect C/W Richard Panik Sweden - prospect C/W Johan Harju & D Victor Hedman Switzerland - prospect W Juraj Simek USA - D Mike Lundin

World Championships Game Schedule

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The first preliminary round games start Friday, 7 May, with the US kicking things off with host country Germany. Here are the Lightning players involved in this tournament, and they're not the usual suspects. Please keep in mind that rosters are still subject to change at this time. Canada - C Steven Stamkos & W Steve Downie Latvia - prospect W Martins Karsums Slovakia - D Vladimir Mihalik & prospect C Richard Panik Sweden - D Victor Hedman Switzerland - prospect W Juraj Simek USA - D Mike Lundin

Report: Yzerman is top candidate for Lightning GM role

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Sources tell NHL Fanhouse blogger Chris Botta that the Lightning GM job is Yzerman's if he wants it.

Lightning's Lecavalier welcomes first child

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Vinny and his girlfriend Caroline Portelance welcomed their first child, Victoria Lecavalier into the world yesterday.

The Bill Masterton Trophy: Overcoming Trauma to Win

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The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL player who best demonstrates dedication to the sport, is often awarded to the player who overcomes the worst injury or life situation. Meet...

Kurtis Foster on 6th Sens Podcast

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Senators blog The 6th Sens interviews Kurtis Foster on the Masterton nomination, the playoffs, the ownership situation and his UFA status. Excellent podcast as always from them, if you're impatient, he goes on right about the 36 minute spot of the podcast.

What might've gone wrong with the Tampa Bay Lightning defense

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The Tampa Bay Lightning struggled through another season. 2009-2010 might've been the year of the questionable defense. Here's a general review of the defense.

Leiweke too quiet amid Lightning CEO rumors

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While a denial was issued on Thursday regarding TSN's report on Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke joining the Tampa Bay Lightning, the door has been left wide open for rumors and speculation to persist.

No more Smoke for Bolts

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Radek Smolenak has signed a two year contract with a Czech Extraliga club. This caps off a disappointing, globe-hopping season, spent partially in the KHL, AHL and NHL.

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