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Hedman at the TB Lightning press conference

Brian Lawton and Carter Ashton look on as Victor Hedman speaks at a press conference in Wednesday afternoon. Hedman said he chose #77 because he looked up to former NHL Defenseman Ray Borque. Click the link to view the picture.

From the Bolts Facebook profile: "Victor Hedman and Carter Ashton were just greeted by the...

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From the Bolts Facebook profile: "Victor Hedman and Carter Ashton were just greeted by the Lightning staff! They're getting ready for this afternoon's press conference, and the first chance to meet the local media."

Lightning continue the Wild times, ink Kurtis Foster

Kurtis Foster, who sustained a horrible broken leg at the end of 2007-08 and played only 10 NHL games last season, was signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Interview: A chat with Paul Szczechura

Eric Fish of It's Just Sports conducts an interview with Lightning center Paul Szczechura about the thrill of breaking into the NHL, about team mates, Tampa Bay and the 2009-10 campaign.

Lightning and Hockey link dump for Wednesday, July 8th

A few links ffrom around the blogosphere regarding both the Bolts and general league stuff.

OT: Welcome the new blog manager at Buc'Em

Buc'Em -- SB Nation's Tampa Bay Buccaneers weblog and community website -- has themselves a new blog manager. We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome Buc Wild to the SB Nation ranks. Buc's training camp will be opening in the next few weeks and there's sure to be a flurry of things to talk about with Tampa Bay's NFL team.

Ohlund, tampering and how it's so much easier to insinuate than investigate

The ugly side of the Internet -- it's always simpler to insinuate than investigate. It's always simpler to accuse and let those accusations and stereotypes you create manifest around the Web. Just ask Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province.

Lightning announce signing of Stephane Veilleux

Posted Via Twitter, the Bolts have signed LW Stephane Veilleux who was with the Minnesota Wild last season. Veilleux had 23 points in 81 games last year... And was a minus 17.

Tampa Bay Lightning preseason includes a sojourn in the Wild Wild West

The Lightning heads west for a majority of it's preseason schedule.

Smaby files for Arbitration

Erik at the Tribune reports on his blog that defenseman Matt Smaby has filed for salary arbitration.

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