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Lightning Round: A month from now - hockey

With the prospect camp coming up this weekend, it’s starting to feel like hockey

Florida Panthers v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Yesterday marked the one month countdown to Opening Day for the Tampa Bay Lightning. On Tuesday October 12th the Lightning will raise their third Stanley Cup banner prior to their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. That means we’re in the home stretch of the the offseason!

There probably won’t be much news from the team between now and the opening of training camp, the start of which will most likely be announced pretty soon. The Stanley Cup is wrapping up its world tour and the focus of the players and staff is now turning from celebrating the past to preparing for the future.

The Lightning Launch Weekend kicks things off on Friday with Bolts Brewfest - beers and hockey! Fans can watch the prospects take on the young kids from Nashville on Saturday at the Prospect Showcase and later that night they will debut the Stanley Cup Champions Film at Tampa Theatre. The weekend closes on Sunday with a public skate at Amalie Arena. Details for all of the activities can be found on their website.

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From yesterday’s hockey card post the lesson we can always learn is - Justin is an idiot. [Raw Charge]

The Bulin Wall!

Very disappointed that no one said Cory Cross

With NHL stars returning to the Olympics, there is sure to be some highly entertaining games based on the amount of talent that will be on the ice. On the flip side, there are going to be some ugly games in the preliminary and opening rounds as countries field teams that don’t have a wealth of talent will be going against virtual all star teams. One of those teams that might struggle is the host team - China. [China’s abysmal hockey team a fault of their own]

As we near the opening of training camps, there is going to be a small uptick in veteran and RFA signings. The Calgary Flames picked up a little bit of experience as they signed Erik Gudbranson and Michael Stone to one-year contracts [Flames sign two]

Speaking of RFAs, one notable name that remains unsigned is Brady Tkachuk. The Ottawa Senators young forward still doesn’t have a contract, but confidence seems high that things will work themselves out by the time their camp starts. [Tkachuk expected to sign before camp]