Are the Lightning going to be sellers or buyers at the trade deadline this season? Right now, it's too early to tell. Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun debate this topic on their daily debate on ESPN. Talk is that there is interest in Ryan Malone and pending UFA's Pavel Kubina and Dominic Moore. LeBrun says he spoke with Yzerman yesterday morning and as of now, Yzerman still believe their in this and will see how the next few games play out.
"Our team is winning," Yzerman told ESPN.com. "My approach is that if there’s any deal that potentially can be done which makes our team better now or a better team in the future that’s worth doing, I’m prepared to do it. But at this point, nothing has made sense from my point of view."
Here are your links for the week:
Your Lightning links:
- When you are a hockey parent, you want your son's games, no matter what time of night they air. Elisabeth Hedman wakes up at 1:30am local time in Sweden to watch her son play hockey, heading back to bed for a few hours of sleep before teaching kindergarten during the day. Also she was rather nervous when he returned to the ice last week to play (Globe and Mail)
- Tonight's game is being aired nationally on NBC Sports (NHL.com)
- During the AHL All-Star game, Joe Gregory, the Admiral's governor went looking for a possible replacement the Lightnings' AHL team. The clubs are currently in the final season of a five-year working agreement and nothing is guaranteed for next year (Virginian-Pilot)
- Bolt Prospects, prospect of the week is Alex Killorn who is a senior with Harvard, a Hobey Baker award nominee, and likely to join the Admirals at the conclusion of his season
The rest of your links after the jump...
- A problem we would have liked to have like 3 weeks ago, is that the team might be faced with a glut of healthy defencemen soon (Tampa Bay Times)
- There was a rumor that Jeff Vinik was looking to buy the Tampa Bay Rays, and that rumor has been squashed by "Absolutely no truth to the Rays rumour," according to a spokesman of Vinik (Globe and Mail)
- Sons of Andreychuk, in an homage to Harry Potter, sorts the Lightning players into Hogwarts houses. Yes I did just type that.
- Someone thinks Stamkos' hair is #1 in the best flow department. I think they are delusional (The Hockey Writers)
Your links from around the NHL:
- With football season ending, it would have been a good transition for NBC to showcase what else they have in their sports lineup, but NBC Sports blew off advertising their NHL coverage during the Super Bowl (Puck Drunk Love)
- Plans for a Seattle, Washington arena are underway according to documents and emails released by the city of Seattle and multimillionaire Christopher Hansen. The city is looking to bring an NBA team back town and possibly the NHL as well. (The Seattle Times)
- James Mirtle asks which rebuild is better, the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Edmonton Oilers? (Globe and Mail)
- A debate by Alexander and Patrick of RLD Hockey on whether they would trade for Jeff Carter
- There is a campaign by a TSN radio host to get Pierre McGuire hired as the next Montreal GM. This does mean he'll be off our TV's providing color, but would he make a good GM for the Habs? Habs Eyes on the Prize discusses
- Pundays: All you can 8! (The Royal Half)
- I find stories about what players are doing in their retirement interesting because we hear so little about it. Doug Weight has been an assistant coach and adviser to GM of the Islanders since his retirement last season. He says "I have to stay on top of my emotions and continue to keep busy and find things. There's never going to be the adrenaline you have walking out of the tunnel in a Game 7 or scoring a goal. You have to find things that motivate you." (NHL.com)
- Ken Dryden was in Montreal for a reading of his book "The Game" which would just be an amazing experience, I'd imagine. Some great words written on how the book evolved and the how it came to be so great (Montreal Gazette via Yahoo!)
- Sad news as a 15 year old from Carp, Ontario collapsed in a hockey game and died of cardiac arrest at the hospital (National Post)
- TSN's Bob McKenzie blogs that the Carolina Hurricanes could get the trades going this week with a trade or two. Carolina has to decide to commit to keep Tuomo Ruutu or to trade him away (TSN)
Your video of the week: CBC's Inside Hockey featured Brian McGrattan and Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators on their battle with substance abuse.