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CLS Re-Draft 1st Round Update, Part IV - #26-30

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The first round review will be up tomorrow evening. The first five (or perhaps ten, depending) second round picks will be up tomorrow as well. Here are the final five picks of the first round, however, to tide you over until then. 26. Henrik Zetterberg, Buffalo Sabres 27. David Booth, Florida Panthers 28. Eric Staal, Anaheim Ducks 29. Scott Niedermayer, Montréal Canadiens 30. Simon Gagne, Colorado Avalanche

CBA facts in the wake of the Prospal buyout

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Prospal is gone. Fans lament while others scheme about hwo the Lightnign will bring him back. Under the CBA, all that scheming is for naught however...

"A lot of it is the business....But I like to play with Vinny Prospal. He's a great guy and works...

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"A lot of it is the business....But I like to play with Vinny Prospal. He's a great guy and works harder than anybody else on the ice. He has a passion for the game. He's a great friend , and it's always tough to see one of your friends leave. He made me a better player."

-- Vincent Lecavalier

Vaclav Prospal's tenure with Tampa Bay to end

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Vaclav Prospal's tenure with the Tampa Bay Lightning is at an end. The team plans to waive and then buy out the remainder of the left wing's contract.

CLS Re-Draft 1st Round Update, Part III - #21-25

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21. Niklas Backstrom (the goaltender, not the center), New Jersey Devils 22. Marc Savard, Toronto Maple Leafs 23. Chris Pronger, San Jose Sharks 24. Rick Nash, Ottawa Senators 25. Joe Thornton, Boston Bruins

The Lightning defense - the 09-10 edition

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The Tampa Bay Lightning now has plenty of defensemen to choose from for next season. But who exactly should they choose?

Dead of summer hockey link-dump

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Dead-of-summer is not a good time for Hockey fans... We try to sooth the savage beasts with a few links to check out.

Off Topic: MLB Trade Deadline at Daily Dish

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Friday is a massive day in Major League Baseball, the Trade Deadline. Much like in the NHL, there is expected to be a flurry of activity by teams who look to strengthen themselves for the final stretch of the season (or who give up for this season and re-shuffle the deck for next). MLB Daily Dish here on SB Nation is the top spot to go to for general rumors, speculation and news about transactions in MLB. Of course, our friends at DRays Bay will keep you abreast with goings on for the Tampa Bay Rays specifically at the deadline, but for a broader perspective about what's happening and what's rumored in baseball, check out Daily Dish.

CLS Re-Draft - First Round Update, Part II [Updated]

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The first round of the Cycle like the Sedins Re-Draft if half over. Did any more Tampa Bay Lightning players get picked up?

Lightning, defenseman Matt Smaby avoid arbitration with two-year deal

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I don't know about you, but I'm rather happy that they kept Smaby. He had a pretty good season last year, considering. However, I'm not sure how much time he'll end up spending in Tampa with all of the new defensemen the Lightning suddenly has.

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