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"For Sale: Used Trophy Case. Must Sell!"

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Playing up a furniture sale on Craigs List by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Is it more evidence of the financial troubles? Or is this just an idle hockey fan's conspiracy theory?

Mike Smith and the Lightning goaltending situation

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Goaltender Mike Smith, the Lightning's #1 goalie,  ended up playing  through the effects of Post Concussion Syndrome in December 2008, aggravated things in early January 2009, and has been...

Radek Smolenak reportedly jumps to KHL

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Damian Cristordero is reporting that left wing Radek Smolenak, who played six games this season with the Bolts, has signed a contract with the Russian Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Our Lined-Up Update has been updated to reflect this.

Center of Attention

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While the Tampa Bay Lightning's defense reeked this past season, depth at the center position is also a concern going towards the 2009 NHL off-season.

ThunderBug is papped. Ever notice how, since his resurrection, you never see ThunderBug and Len...

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ThunderBug is papped. Ever notice how, since his resurrection, you never see ThunderBug and Len Barrie in the same room…I’m just sayin’. JoeBoltsFan

Spector: NHL Sunday Rumor Roundup - May 24, 2009

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Here is some speculation that Los Angeles - and not Montréal - are the real front runners in the Lecavalier trade sweepstakes. Of course, it is Al Strachan making the report, so it should be taken with a grain of salt. Many thanks to Whale4ever at the Florida Panthers' SB Nation blog for the tip off.

A fashionable statement

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All right, I admit it, I think they proved to be better than expected.  It's traditional!  It's new!  It's hip!  It was a pleasant change that beats the heck out of the same-old, same-old doggone...

2009 Memorial Cup Honorary Captains

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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

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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

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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.

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