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Tuesday night open thread and link dump

Development, Young Guns game, then a whole lot of nothing until September.  Do not forget to vote in this week's Fan-confidence poll.

Lightning links

  • A couple of questions for Dan Ellis [Bolts By The Bay]
  • Three questions for "Killer", aka James Wright [TBO]
  • The first-year-pro trials and tribulations of Dustin Tokarski [TBO]
  • Brett Connolly is a rising titan [Hockey Prospect]
  • Do not forget the fundraiser ties to the Curtis/Kocab Memorial Fund at tomorrow's Young Guns game.  [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • Speaking of development camp, Coach Boucher (who is not in attendance due to moving to Tampa), makes it a point that camp is for learning, not for impressing []
  • Mike Corcoran talked with Coach Boucher last week, and touched on a number of subjects including Paul Ranger [Creative Loafing]
  • The Bolts bolstered blue-line, by the numbers [TSN]
  • The writing is on the wall [Don'T Trade Vinny]
  • It was first given out to "The Michael Jordan of Hockey" and now it can be yours!  [Raw Charge Store]

Hockey links

  • The Olympic Games, or the World Cup of Hockey?  Mike Chen discusses the two.  [From the Rink]
  • "The Dan Boyle Treatment" -- it's a legacy of Len Barrie's that is now encroaching on Marc Savard [Puck Daddy]
  • Former Bolt Darryl Sydor retires after 18 seasons in the NHL.  He'll help coach the Houston Aeros of the AHL now.  [Minnesota Wild]
  • Hoosier Hockey celebrates USA Hockey's successes, and ponders if the NHL in the sunbelt is finally producing talent [Hoosier Hockey]
  • The nine best free agents left (who are not named Ilya Kovalchuk) [FanHouse]
  • The Top Ten GM's BR would trust to rebuild around [Bleacher Report]
  • Top Ten worst playoff goals [Hockey, Hot Chicks]
  • Tom Costello gives a parents take on concussions in the game of hockey [USCHO]
  • Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood:  a match made on TMZ [The Hockey Plumber]
  • ESPN's Sportscenter coverage of the NHL is lackluster at best, but ESPN thinks they are doing just fine by them [Puck Daddy]

General links

So the Rays have attendance problems.  Everyone and their uncle has a theory why []