-The Tampa Bay Lightning released a whole flurry of news yesterday regarding their opening day roster. The biggest and perhaps most celebrated piece is that forward Carter Verhaeghe has secured himself an opening day spot.
Carter Verhaeghe just had to go through a line of Lightning players while one-by-one they playfully checked him into the glass. Wonder if that was his 'welcome to the team' initiation. #Bolts— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) September 30, 2019
Carter Verhaeghe all smiles as he leads post-practice stretch for #tblightning. Welcome to the #NHL, kid. Just three-plus years removed from ECHL. Wrote about his journey earlier this summer. As Ben Groulx told him, “You went from suspect to prospect.” https://t.co/4k04Xjtk4H pic.twitter.com/RYHQvPqhRv— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) September 30, 2019
Yesterday was the final day to place players on waivers for the purposes of clearing them out before that roster was due, and the Lightning took advantage.
Reminder that today will be the final opportunity for clubs to place players on waivers for assignment, and have that player clear prior to their submission of opening day playing rosters at 5:00pm ET tomorrow.https://t.co/Py76o9jtAs— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) September 30, 2019
Tampa decided to risk the wire for one last time before the start of the season, putting defenseman Luke Schenn on waivers. This cleared up a few questions surrounding the organization regarding who was staying and what position he might be playing, so...good.
Some interesting goaltending options among a large waiver list today: Casey DeSmith (PIT), Eric Comrie (WPG).— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) September 30, 2019
Others: Sam Gagner (EDM), Brandon Manning (EDM), Luke Schenn (TB), Nikolay Goldobin (VAN), Alex Biega (VAN), Sven Baertschi (VAN).
In other roster news, Danick Martel cleared waivers and was sent to Syracuse. He was joined by Alex Volkov, who also made the trip up north.
There was some slightly good news for the Lightning and those who are fans of Brayden Point:
Brayden Point is wearing a regular jersey at #Bolts practice for first time since joining team after signing new contract.— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) September 30, 2019
Brayden Point won’t be ready for opener, Cooper said, but they are optimistic for sooner than later— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) September 30, 2019
With a torn labrum in both hips last season, Brayden Point felt pain just getting out of his car. The star center takes us through his lonely rehab + contract talks. Teammates who had same surgery offer glimpse into road back + why he could be even better https://t.co/CAB6aMRxum— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) September 30, 2019
There was also some slightly bad news - although not as bad as it could be - regarding Cedric Paquette, Victor Hedman, and Tyler Johnson.
Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette are not on the ice for #Bolts practice. Both players were injured in Tampa Bay's final preseason game Saturday and didn't finish, although Cooper said Johnson's absence was more for precautionary reasons.— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) September 30, 2019
Cooper said Paquette likely missing a game or two. Hopeful on Johnson and Hedman for opener #TBLightning— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) September 30, 2019
-Prior to much of yesterday’s moves, Geo posted his ponderings after the completion of the Lightning’s preseason. As always, Geo wrote with one eye trained on the future.
While it’s not the greatest test of prospects, because of the mixed nature of not only your team’s roster but also the opponents, it still gives us some things to look at for these youngsters that we could see in the NHL sometime in the next three to five years.
-Bring the Thunder is open and ready for new nominations!
#BringTheThunder? It’s back for every month of the 2019-20 regular season.— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 30, 2019
Know someone who’s never been to a #Bolts game? Nominate them for a chance to win tickets and a VIP experience for one of our home games this October!
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-Congratulations to Lightning prospect Sammy Walker!
Sammy Walker picks up preseason All-Big Ten accolades from the Big Ten coaches while the #Gophers are predicted to finish fifth in the league.— Minnesota Men’s Hockey (@GopherHockey) September 30, 2019
Release: https://t.co/59lECM4aTV pic.twitter.com/hOP2KHyrCV
-My goodness, Bolt has gotten big!
-Cory Conacher will have his story told at this year’s Syracuse International Film Festival. The film has its own IMDB page.
This year’s Syracuse International Film Festival will include “Miracle, Baby” (2019), a film about @conhockey19 and his journey towards pro hockey while managing Type 1 diabetes. https://t.co/VzBWTzxrHt— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) September 30, 2019
-Veteran forward Chris Mueller is excited to get started with the Lightning organization, and the Crunch are thrilled to have him.
“First of all, he’s a legit No. 1 center. He’s an experienced guy. He’s a proven guy. He’s won championships. Very good on faceoffs, very good on the power play. He’s a good playmaker,” Groulx said. “I think Chris has got that special quality to really keep the game organized. When he touches (the puck) he’s making the right play. So it’s exciting for us, I believe, to have him with us. He’s finding his gear out there.
-Something something something French something - hey! I know that team name! Why, look, it’s Peter Abbandonato! (I think...?)
As a hockey fan and journalist, I’ve grown frustrated with the league falling behind on the cultural spectrum. I’m certainly not alone, so I decided to speak to a number of journalists, fans and the NHL, showing that while hockey may be intended for everyone, the league and the sport still has a long way to go to meet its desired messaging.
-Did you have a case of the Mondays yesterday? The Carolina Hurricanes were on hand to help you smile through it.
-The Chicago Blackhawks left Berlin yesterday. Slater Koekkoek posted this update to his Instagram:
-This...looks...strange, Adam Erne.
-Sports Illustrated posted their annual look at the new/old logos and jerseys from around the NHL.
Feel that chill in the air? Okay, you probably don’t, but hockey season is here anyway, and that means it’s time for the Uni Watch NHL Season Preview, where we run down all of the season’s new uniforms, logos, ice designs, and more.
-The NHL has apparently courted Green Day.
The league is announcing a two-year partnership with Green Day that includes an opening song for NBC Sports’ “Wednesday Night Hockey.” The song, “Ready, Fire, Aim” isn’t custom-made for the NHL and will be on Green Day’s next album, though it’s likely a matter of time until Green Day or another band follows what Hank Williams Jr. and later Carrie Underwood did for the NFL.
“That I think will probably be the evolution,” NHL chief content officer and executive Vice President Steve Mayer said. “If you look at our season and how many times this thing is going to be on, it’ll become an anthem. The song, we’re using slap shots, it’s about scoring and speed — “Fire, Ready, Aim” — I think people will start associating this.”
This @NHL season is hereby known as LOUD season...where the toughest athletes to ever lace up a pair of skates meet the baddest rock band on the planet. Turn up the volume, "Fire, Ready, Aim" & enjoy. Wait, did we just tease a BRAND NEW SONG?! @NHLonNBCSports #WNH #NHLGreenDay pic.twitter.com/WDnxnktET6— Green Day (@GreenDay) September 30, 2019
-Gritty is loved everywhere!
Gritty has gone international. Swiss fans are thrilled pic.twitter.com/xeRT8uQOiM— Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) September 30, 2019
-It appears as though Taylor Hall finally has his boating license!
-And then, there’s....this.
The Devils' team bonding trip apparently involved recreating scenes from diarrhea medication commercials. pic.twitter.com/kZBGCDwvui— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) September 30, 2019
-With the NHL coming to Seattle, the AHL was in need of a 32nd team, too. The league has its new destination, official as of yesterday: Palm Springs.
“The reality is two years worth of time and energy have gone into this,” Tim Leiweke said. “It will probably take us a second to realize that if you look at where we started in the dream in Seattle almost three years ago to where we are today, this is a massive piece of the puzzle for the Seattle franchise and the success of that franchise.”