-Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Anthony Cirelli have the tough conversations here:
-Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern regularly holds a “post-practice laboratory” for players one-on-one.
Now in his second season on the Lightning coaching staff, Halpern has added another assignment to his ever-expanding list of duties: Tampa Bay’s after-hours skills coach. Halpern plays his typical role during practices and morning skates, but once the majority of players and coaches get off the ice following a training session, that’s when Halpern really gets down to business.
He’ll spend his time working with healthy scratches, youngsters looking to refine their game and, really, anyone who wants it.
-The Lightning has entered “we may win, but I may die” territory. Oh, dear.
Both of the Florida teams lining up in the bottom right corner, like a sort of pathetic fallacy for hockey. pic.twitter.com/2nEe10B6nD— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) October 31, 2019
-Dan Girardi talked podcasts on the NHL Network.
-Oh, Bolt. I’d hire you and Shaggy any day!
-The Lightning assigned recently recalled forward Cory Conacher back to the Syracuse Crunch yesterday. Alexander Volkov and Luke Schenn remain recalled.
-Louis Domingue has changed agents. One must wonder if the current state of affairs has anything to do with it....
-October brought chances for both Domingue and Scott Wedgewood to shine for Syracuse.
-AHL fans can bid now on a ton of items through AHL Authentic, with proceeds going to the Ace Bailey Foundation. Included in the haul is a Tampa Bay Lighting Black Hat signed by Victor Hedman and an orange third Conacher Crunch jersey.
The Orlando Solar Bears
-The OSB got into the spirit of the holiday yesterday.
-Joe Smith caught up with former Lightning prospect Brett Howden and discussed his traded story.
Always interested in ‘how-I-found-out-I-got-traded’ stories, and had a great conversation w/ former #TBLightning prospect Brett Howden on that this week. When an autocorrect in @TSNBobMcKenzie scoop had his head spinning. Deal was “blessing in disguise” https://t.co/ok0xmunwjj pic.twitter.com/QYGrUCoBMh— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) October 31, 2019
-For those of you who overdid it a bit last night, the pup for the Washington Capitals sympathizes!
-What made Bob McKenzie almost puke once?
Most uncomfortable on-air interview. NHL ASG in MTL, live in the dressing room between periods with Eddie Balfour. Eddie a good guy but he hated talking and I was a novice broadcaster miscast in the Scott Oake role. Thought I was going to puke on live TV. https://t.co/4nd6kXUEpY— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 31, 2019
What about his most embarrassing moment?
Doing a WJC RUS-SWE game in 1996 with @GMillerTSN. We were both off our game that day. I froze and didn’t have anything to say, not good for a color commentator, and there was dead silence. I said, oh, there’s a problem with my mic. Gord deadpanned: You have to talk into it. https://t.co/0N5lDDmbrI— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 31, 2019
-Nikita Scherbak is now a free agent.
-Sean Malone has an AHL contract with the Rochester Americans this season, but he still has his eyes on the big prize.
Sean Malone is also on an AHL contract for the first time this season after his NHL entry level deal expired.
“I don’t want to go into too many details about it but I think I think it means a lot that I was able to come back here and they wanted me back here. I think they have invested time in me so I have a lot of respect for that. I’m happy to do what I can to hopefully get back on an NHL deal. That’s my main goal but I think focusing on the things that I have to do here and actually develop my game and actually be consistently playing is a major factor in that.”
-This video celebrating the Indian Women Ice Hockey Team is incredible.
Your triumphs and defeats don't define your story. Your will does.— Under Armour India (@UnderArmour_ind) October 31, 2019
Under Armour celebrates the story of will of the Indian Women Ice Hockey Team, who, despite all the odds, conquered every battle with their Will. #IndiaWill pic.twitter.com/1Gjpi5YLqL
-Best wishes to Mark Letestu:
Sending positive vibes to Mark Letestu, one of the nicest men I've met in hockey. He has been diagnosed with Myocarditis, a virus that attacks the heart. Long-term prognosis is good, but he'll be out for six months. Wishing him, his wife Brett and entire family a speedy recovery.— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) October 31, 2019
Members of Penn State's student section are wearing pigeon masks and have these pictures against the glass during warmups.— Todd Milewski (@ToddMilewski) October 31, 2019
I asked one to explain it. He said Sean Dhooghe "is really short and scores dirty goals."
Kids, man. pic.twitter.com/k2qC4fxmhX
-As yesterday was Halloween, we had to bring back the famous Halloween party article on The Athletic staring Steve Yzerman.