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Tampa Bay Lightning prospects heading to Nashville to play in makeshift rookie tournament

Who needs the Caps and Panthers, anyway

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Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) and Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis (4) during the first period at Amalie Arena.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning were to play in a prospect tournament with the Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, and Washington Capitals this weekend in Estero, Florida. However, due to category 5 hurricane Irma, that tournament had to be cancelled.

The Nashville Predators and Ford Ice Center have stepped up to host the tournament in Tennessee. The Capitals and Panthers had announced earlier in the week that they will not be sending players to the prospect tournament and, as a result, will not be able to ice a roster in Nashville. [Capitals announcement] [Panthers announcement]

As a result, the baby Bolts and baby Preds will play each other in three games on Saturday the 9th, Sunday the 10th, and Tuesday the 12th before heading back to their respective training camps.

The rookie camp that was scheduled for Thursday, and Friday is still good to go, the only change is that the prospects will be working in Amalie Arena, which will be closed to the public. The rookies will then fly to Nashville for four days before returning in time for Lightning training camp.

Bryan Burns went on to say that the big squad players will continue their informal daily skates at the Lightning’s practice facility at the Ice Sports Forum. These skates, that have included Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Mikhail Sergachev, Braydon Coburn, and J.T. Brown, are open to the public.

If you would like a break down of the 24-man roster, check out @GeoFitz4’s original announcement post that includes some words on who is participating and the invitee’s that the Lightning have brought along.