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Mark Pukalo looks at why late-round draft picks are critically important to this Tampa Bay team in...

Mark Pukalo looks at why late-round draft picks are critically important to this Tampa Bay team in the midst of a "retooling." When a guy like Marty St. Louis doesn’t even have the privilege of being drafted and Brian Lawton is selected first overall you’ve got to believe Pukalo might actually be on to something here. Amen, brother.

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OT: NHLFA conducts survey regarding the Coyotes situation

It's been quite a while since we've heard anything from the long tenured (but ultimately low-membered) National Hockey League Fan Association.  Unlike many of the groups that came and went (and...

The Straight Edge: Stamkos set to take NHL by storm in sophomore season

"I was given the opportunity to play a lot in the second half; play big minutes and play in all situations," Stamkos noted. "When (Tocchet) took over, I think he knew the ability I had and was willing to give me a chance and that’s all you can ask for. "Knowing your coach has confidence in you is big for a young player." I would guess that Stamkos is probably pretty happy that Tocchet is now the official head coach of the Lightning, wouldn't you?

Lightning Sign C Mitch Fadden

"Fadden, 6-foot and 175-pounds, played in 63 games in the WHL with the Tri-City Americans and the Lethbridge Hurricanes in 2008-09. He recorded 37 goals and 76 points, including 14 power-play goals in those games. He played in nine games with Lethbridge before finishing the season with Tri-City. He led the Americans in goals, was third in points and fourth in plus/minus with a plus-24. Fadden also ranked tied for ninth in the WHL in goals and was tied for seventh in power-play goals."

Brian Burke and Public Negotiations

A day after things played out through Canadian media regarding the Toronto Maple Leafs and their quest to attain one of the top two picks in the draft, the NHL has learned what the bar is for the #2 selection.

Respect the Discussion

It's not the discussion that's the problem. It's how and where it takes place. It's not the fact that ownership is willing to listen to the fans (if not heed them) or try to re-assure them, it's...

"If you include Vinny Lecavalier in a deal, you'd better include yourself."

"If you include Vinny Lecavalier in a deal, you'd better include yourself."

Lightning fan Austin Schwartz speaking to Brian Lawton at last night's Q and A session at the St. Petersburg Times Forum

Rick Tocchet -- Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Lets forget the Melrose incursion ever happened, ok? Lets try to erase from memory the entire European Vacation for that matter...  Call it the Lightning's official Lost Weekend.  No on-ice...

Tocchet signs 2 year deal

It's official, former interim head coach Rick Tocchet is now just plain Head Coach Rick Tocchet. The team held a press conference at 4 PM to announce the signing of the deal. We'll have more on this later.

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