Jon Cooper and the Lightning Reboot - Grantland

I only seldom promote links via FanShot -- it doesn't do them justice in promotion. At the same time, id on't think Grantland needs the help of Raw Charge to get site traffic. That being said, I can't just dismiss this fantastic feature on head coach Jon Cooper. It gives you back story on Coop that you may not have known.

Fantasy Hockey Advice The Fake Hockey 2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Team Preview

I answered a Q and N for The Fake Hockey, which specializes in Fantasy Hockey coverage. I don't expect people to be in love with what I have written, but perhaps it's worth discussing at length in comments?

Syracuse Crunch adds forward Carl Nielsen on an AHL pact

Carl Nielsen will stay up front for the Syracuse Crunch after playing defense at Michigan Tech. He played two games for the Crunch at the end of last season.

Former Lightning winger Shawn Burr has dies

Mr. Burr was 47 yars old, and while he was battling cancer, that was not the cause of death. The hockey world mourns the passing of one of our own.

David Alexander joins Crunch coaching staff

The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired David Alexander to serve as the Crunch's goaltending & video coach.

Crunch forward Tyler Johnson named President's Award Winner

Syracuse Crunch forward Tyler Johnson has been named the President's Award Winner in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in the past year.

AHL announces alignment, playoff format for 2013-14

From our friends at Chairman How's Glorious Army: The AHL announced the league's alignment and playoff format for the 2013-2014 season today. The Crunch remains in the Eastern Conference in the East Division.

D Brendan Mikkelson not given a qualifying offer

TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that the Lightning will not retain Brendan Mikkelson, making him an unrestricted free agent. Mikkelson had played most of his 2013 season with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

Game 6: Gudas "Probable"

Lost to some in the excitement of last night's game 5 win by the Syracuse Crunch over the Grand Rapids Griffins was the news that a certain defenseman should be returning to game action on Tuesday in Syracuse.

Is defenseman Radko Gudas a go for Game 5?

Absent from the Calder Cup Finals since sustaining an ambiguous lower body injury in the Eastern Conference finale against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Radko Gudas participated in an optional skate this morning in Grand Rapids. Click the link title to see the full report from Lindsay Kramer at

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