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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.

Possible trade destinations for Lecavalier

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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...

Khabibulin and the Domino Effect

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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...

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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.

The Rundown at JoeBoltsfan.com
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