Steven Stamkos returns to practice wearign the red, no-contact jersey

Perhaps a little ahead of schedule if his target is a three month recovery, perhaps right on time, Steven Stamkos has returned to practice with the Tampa Bay Lightning. This may be only a singular incident (for the time being; there's no telling how he'll feel in the morning) but for today -- the superhuman recovery reached another benchmark We link over to Bolts by the Bay and their story on the feat. Head on over there to read the full write up.

Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin lights the lamp in spectacular fashion versus Victoriaville

Jonathan Drouin might still be in the QMJHL, but he's doing awesome things. Check out this goal he scored last night for the Halifax Mooseheads.

Jon Cooper's bold, gut prediction on Stamkos' return from his broken leg

"I don't think the question is going to be, 'Is he coming back to play this year for the Tampa Bay Lightning?' The question is, 'Is he going to be back (in February) to play for the Canadian Olympic team?' I'm the optimistic coach, but that's how it might turn out."

Originally published in the Tampa Bay Times, the bold predication on Stamkos is exceedingly optimistic. But is it realistic? Recovery time for broken tibia's can rage from 3 - 6 months... If Stamkos, who will not have played in 3 months, makes a return for the Olympics, odds are he'd be a reservist. The worst case scenario is Stamkos returning in May - which could provide a spark if the Bolts are in the playoffs at that time.

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.

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