It's official. NHL training camps will not start on time. In fact, the NHL has already taken down any pictures of current players on their website. The Tampa Bay Lightning have done the same with the players on their roster. (AHL players are fair game still, apparently.)
As we stare into the abyss of uncertainty, we c lose out the 2012 off-season with the final update to the Lined-Up Update, which was tracking some of the moves by the club this past summer.
Not every move and signing is listed, but the majority of them are.
Adult league hockey players ban together to push a broken down Zamboni at Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar on Sunday.
Unknowingly to them, this is also a metaphor for the NHL and NHLPA Collective Bargaining negotiations.
Via Safety Harbor Patch
It's getting crowded at Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, where player workouts are happening (and open to the public) from 10 AM til 12 PM daily. Goalie Anders Lindback has made his debut while defensemen Victor Hedman and Brendan Mikkelson have joined the fray as well.
We link to an Instagram photo of Lindback here.
I know everyone here loves the Bolts and more importantly loves hockey. You don't have to even be a sports fan to be moved by this... If you have a pulse and feel the emotion from this video, PLEASE share it. This video must be spread.. and fast.
Its not the NHL, or even a professional sport but the NZIHL (New Zealand Ice Hockey League) has raised enough money through fan support to stream the NZIHL Grand Final over the internet.
To manage peoples expectations; the stadium holds 600 spectators and I expect the players have day-jobs.
Still free, live hockey is far better than no hockey.
"At this point, talks are recessed." -- Donald M. Fehr. That's paraphrased, as we've seen it in variations on Twitter.
This post links over to Defending Big D and provides a better glimpse at the breaking news that NHL Ownership adn the Players Association are at an impasse.
Puck Daddy has been doing a series on the essentials for each team, and we were asked to put together an essentials post for the Tampa Bay Lightning a while back. We all contributed to this, and there will be some additional "essentials" that we'd like to add on top of this. So stay tuned for some more Lightning essentials here on Raw Charge.