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2009 Memorial Cup Honorary Captains

Two former Lightning players, and one current one, talk about their time playing in the Québec Major Junior Hockey League with Rimouski Océanic.Michel Ouellet, Brad Richards, and Vincent...

Jacques Lemaire and the Bolts moving like snails

Much like the Rick Tocchet negotiations that dragged on and on before his ultimate signing on May 11th -- more than a month after the regular season ended and weeks after news of him being offered a contract was announced -- former New Jersey Devils/Minnesota Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire still is out there, with interest in joining the Lightning as a consultant. But the parameters of the job, the contract, all of the basics - let alone the details - for the position haven't been hammered out. The concept amounts to a What-if right now, with nothing of substance to back up the title.

Lecavalier, Richards on hand to salute Oceanic

Three players, two of them former Bolts, were part of alumni festivities associated with Rimouski Oceanic where they starred during their years in Juniors. Center's Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards (Dallas) and wing Michel Ouellet (Vancouver) were all on hand. The Oceanic are currently involved in the CHL Memorial Cup tournament. Lecavalier, Richards and Ouellet dropped the ceremonial first puck before Rimouski's matchup with rival Drummondville.

Possible trade destinations for Lecavalier

The NHL rumor mill is starting to gear up. Will Vincent Lecavalier be traded away from the Tampa Bay Lightning before his massive contract extension kicks in July 1st? And if he does, are the Montreal Canadiens the only possible destination for him?

Khabibulin and the Domino Effect

The Point After from the St. Petersburg Times, a joint effort by columnists John Romano and Gary Shelton, featured this post about...  well, basically skimming a reflection on circumstances that...

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."

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