If Johnson returns for Opening Night, he certainly will slide into the Bolts’ top nine, most likely in Gourde’s spot on the second line. Gourde slips down to third line right wing, currently occupied by Joseph. And Joseph either finds himself out of the lineup on Opening Night or, most likely, taking either Erne’s or Conacher’s spot on the fourth line.
Forward lines— Caley Chelios (@CaleyChelios) October 4, 2018
Martel-Johnson-Callahan only players in grey jerseys.
#Bolts power-play units:— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) October 4, 2018
1st) Hedman, Stamkos, Kucherov, Point and Miller
2nd) McDonagh, Killorn, Johnson, Palat and Gourde
Johnson has changed into a regular white practice jersey.
As we move to the injury front, Tyler Johnson looks like he’s going to be in the lineup on Saturday, and despite being cleared for contact, Callahan is still a ways away.
Tyler Johnson said he's still 50/50 to play in the #Bolts' season opener.— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) October 4, 2018
“I’m just kind of waiting, listening and seeing what other people say. Wherever they want me, if I’m feeling good then I’ll be going and we’ll see how the recovery goes.”
Ryan Callahan says he’s been cleared for contact, says nothing’s changed as far as his timeline to return. #Bolts— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) October 4, 2018
Caley Chelios and Bryan Burns get in front of the camera and share what they’ve seen when it comes to the additions — particularly Mathieu Joseph and Danick Martel — to the Lightning roster.
Who could replace Johnson if he isn’t ready to play on Saturday night? Lauren Burg explains. [The Hockey Writers]
Yes, you heard that right. The Lightning are already banged up. Winger Ryan Callahan has been placed on injured reserve (IR) as he recovers from May shoulder surgery and Nikita Kucherov missed nearly a week of training camp before returning to practice Monday. All signs point to him being available for opening night, a relief to Lightning nation.
The Post-Practice Press Conference
On Johnson playing Opening Night: "We've gone from doubtful to questionable. We'll see how he responds tomorrow and definitely see how he responds Saturday. We'll judge then."— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) October 4, 2018
Practice day | Jon Cooper: pic.twitter.com/0qoigp8Eee
On being sidelined: "Watching hockey is not all that fun for us. We definitely want to be out there and want to be playing. But things happen and I got a little bit of rest... I guess it's better to happen then than later."— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) October 4, 2018
Practice day | Tyler Johnson: pic.twitter.com/PtXSQqbqkk
"You know when you're ready to come back... Obviously got cleared for contact, which is another step forward in the process and we'll see how that goes and take it from there."— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) October 4, 2018
Practice day | Ryan Callahan: pic.twitter.com/MjNHYJTdVx
Outside the rink, the banners are out, and looking fresh af!
The Lightning have a light start to the season, and the players are getting antsy. [Tampa Bay Times]
”It’s kind of tough,” wing Cory Conacher said. “You see these guys (Wednesday) night and we still have to wait a couple sleeps. It makes you that much more anxious to play and that more excited to play.”
Alexey Lipanov, who has been practicing with the Syracuse Crunch, has been traded from the Sudbury Wolves, to the Kitchener Rangers for a pair of third-round picks. It appears there was a lot of discussions behind the scenes as to the future (or present) of Lipanov, who could’ve stayed with the Crunch, but has decided to go back to the OHL, and to Kitchener, specifically.
ACQUIRED: #OHLRangers have acquired centreman Alexey Lipanov from the @Sudbury_Wolves— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) October 4, 2018
“He will add some extra skill and offensive creativity to our team.” – Mike McKenzie
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It was a practice day for the Syracuse Crunch, who look to be narrowing on their final roster to start the season this weekend. Let’s take you though it.
Verhaeghe is, in fact, day-to-day with an injury. It shouldn’t keep him out of the lineup for long.
Verhaeghe skating in Crunch practice today with red jersey, so looks like status for Saturday is uncertain.— Syracuse Hockey (@syrhockey) October 4, 2018
Gabriel Dumont is back for another season and his leadership on the team will be one of the more valuable aspects of his game that he’s bringing to the table. [Syracuse]
The two jobs aren’t mutually exclusive, of course. AHL captains get promoted to the NHL all the time. But naming a captain who is still relatively young and with NHL-ready skills heightens the risk that the AHL team’s leader won’t be in that locker room for the inevitable ups and downs.
Talking to the Press
Benoit Groulx was especially hounded about the captain question. It appears this is a question that will be answered after a few games.
“I feel comfortable. Last year was not comfortable for me. I didn’t know English, didn’t understand, but now I feel good, I’m ready.”— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) October 4, 2018
Alex Volkov is ready to make an impact in his second season with the #SyrCrunch. pic.twitter.com/pO43uQHIGF
“Last year [the coaches] helped me a lot and they told me I had to improve small, little things and small details."— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) October 4, 2018
Erik Cernak on his off-season work and confidence leading into 2018-19. pic.twitter.com/d6mVewKwko
It looks like a brand new rink!
I hate politics. Not because of any persons/parties views or what they do. It is because I lost out of a Grade 8 spelling bee on the word “filibuster”. Google it.— Connor Ingram (@CBIngram1) October 4, 2018
“For us to be good, the young guys have to carry the team and be our best players,” veteran center Frans Nielsen said. “From what they have shown so far, you get a feeling they are ready to take the responsibility and be leaders. Hank is not here so there is going to be a lot of ice time and it really looks like they are going to thrive with that ice time.
But let’s fix the slogans, shall wel?
#PrideTape is back and looking to spread the love and truth that Hockey Is For Everyone.
After a fantastic opening night of the 2018-19 @NHL season, we're incredibly grateful to our allies, supporters, and friends who have backed #PrideTape from the beginning! Here's to a season filled with diversity, equality, and inclusivity. #HockeyIsForEveryone ️ pic.twitter.com/YTnmIQmSWx— Pride Tape (@PrideTape) October 4, 2018
Going back to his draft day, Lee was spoken of as potential “future captain material” and exhibited the mentality of a level-headed leader. It’s been a long road since that day — a very successful gap year in the USHL, three years at NCAA Notre Dame, time in AHL Bridgeport, some ups and downs in the NHL — but now the moment has arrived.
CapFriendly has a new look, and it is GREAT!
Former NHLer Lyle Odelein nearly died this summer. Here’s his story. [The Athletic]
“I know how much Lyle meant to hockey fans in all those cities he played. I know how much he gave of himself through the years, and how happy it made him, how natural it was for him. But now I felt like, if we could have all those people and more thinking about him and praying for him, maybe it would lift him up. It was desperation, absolutely.”
Oh, god, Vegas.
Hockey Days— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) October 3, 2018