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Photo Gallery from June 3rd; Top NHL Draft Prosects Visit Tampa

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Just a quick link to a flash photo gallery, presenting some of the stuff prospects Victor Hedman, John Tavares and Matt Duchene went through earlier this month during their visit to Tampa.

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins: 2009 Stanley Cup Champions

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Congratulations to the 2009 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins!

OT: JScott steps down at Buc'Em

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Tampa Bay Buccaneer lead blogger jScott has resigned from the SB Nation. I'd like to pass on my well wishes to him on his career and his family.

OT: Stanley's Game Sevens

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The magic of a Game 7 in the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals is not to be overlooked or ignored.

My routine was exactly the same except we didn't go home during the day. We stayed in (the Tampa...

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My routine was exactly the same except we didn't go home during the day. We stayed in (the Tampa Waterside Marriott) across the street from the Forum. I like to walk on the day of games, whether it's outside or at the mall or whatever. Well, I couldn't walk outside the hotel that day because it was packed with people. So I called a grade-school buddy who was in town and told him to pick me up and take me to the mall. So he picks me up, and we're driving down Kennedy Boulevard headed to WestShore mall, and he says, "I'm too nervous. I can't drive. You have to drive.'' I said, "You're nervous?!'' So I drove to the mall and walked around.

Dave Andreychuks -- recounting preparations for 2004's Game 7

The NHL: Kings of Due Diligence

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OK, I plead ignorance in a large piece of Tampa Bay Lightning franchise history that seems swept under the rug and forgotten about more often than anything... Jonathan Willis at Copper and Blue gives you the story of Phil Esposito and the Duke of Manchester -- one time prospective investor in the Tampa Bay professional hockey franchise now known as the Lightning.

Outsourced Draft and Lightning Ownership Talk

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Raw Charge reports on Toronto Sun speculation... It's a merry-go-round of rumor reporting that involves the draft and OK Hockey.

Cycle like the Sedins Interview / 2009 NHL Draft perspective

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Just a heads up on an interview that Cycle Like The Sedins did with me regarding the 2009 NHL draft and the Lightning. From discussing draft steals and blunders (both of which fell into Phil Esposito's lap) to discussing Tavares or Hedman, a lot of bases are covered in the post.

How Hard Is It For A First Round Pick To Win A Stanley Cup?

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Habs Eye on the Prize mixes the forthcoming grand finale of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs (game seven, Friday Night, at the Joe) and the forthcoming NHL Draft to ask the question: Just how tough is it for a first round draft pick to win the Stanley Cup? And then Robert goes a little further than that... Just how tough is it for a former #1 draft pick to win Lord Stanley's Cup? The percentages and results are intimidating and shows you just how tough it is to win this piece of hardware....

Drawing from Three, there can only be One for Bolts

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Videos posted at The Lightning official team website highlight Victor Hedman, Matt Duchene and John Tavares in separate clips.  There is more highlight fluff than assessment and some older...

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