I’m not a Tampa-area weather expert, so here is Channel 10 covering the forecast for Monday afternoon. Mid-to-high 80s with some clouds. No rain expected! Do not yell at me if it does rain, jinxes don’t exist, the weather is just highly chaotic. I’ll knock on wood if that makes you feel any better.
The Lightning are expected to gather at Davis Islands at around 10am and get the boat parade underway down the Hillsborough River at around 11am. The parade route is linked here from the NHL website.
Fans are encouraged to enjoy from along the shore, but are not allowed to participate in the parade on their own boats (obviously). Based on the wording, I believe you can watch while on your boats from the docks, but I would check with the authorities just in case. I’m just a wee blogger.
After the three-hour journey, the party will then arrive at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park by 2pm for the main celebration. Vo Williams and Big Boi will be performing (I don’t know who they are). “No outside coolers or chairs will be allowed.”
“Fans who cannot attend the events can tune into Ballys Sports Sun for celebration coverage.”
We will have coverage of the event on the site as soon as Tuesday.
Kuch will be waiting for you!
Also these shirts are amazing.
The #tblightning shirts embracing the LTIR narrative (which the #NHL investigated and had zero problem with). Don’t think they’ll be wearing them at boat parade Monday but likely on the boat today. From agent @HockeyAgent1 Instagram pic.twitter.com/oM2EgbCs8S— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) July 11, 2021
Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts has a few bullet points about the Lightning, starting at Point 21. Namely, how they’re going to ice a cap compliant team next year, Mathieu Joseph getting a bigger role, and Nikita Kucherov’s beer sponsorship opportunities. [Sportsnet]
“Thanks to Nikita Kucherov, I learned something new. There’s a specific exemption for players to endorse “malt beverages” in the CBA. They can’t endorse other forms of alcohol. Is this still necessary? Seems archaic. As for his crazy post-game media availability, we can’t complain players are boring and then rip them when they aren’t. Laughed my head off, while also recognizing the Canadiens are going to hunt him down in their first meeting next season.”
Speaking of cap compliance, Irony would like to say hi.
Marc Bergevin mentions that the team went over the cap due to performance bonuses, meaning that their upper limit for next season will be reduced.— Andrew Zadarnowski (@AZadarski) July 9, 2021
What an interesting start for ESPN and their hockey credibility. And enjoy the lawsuit, Chicago. People don’t forget.