Now that the new slate of outdoor games has been announced, cue the groaning about the same teams getting games... And then take a minute to understand the business success that the NHL is sticking to.
The hype machine has played up how sought after Jonathan Drouin is as a player and yet this remark is a nice bucket of cold water on the situation, especially when the "raw deal" has been thrown out time and again regarding the Lightning's dealing with Drouin.
There are more remarks form Murray in the LA Times that can be read as the Anaheim Ducks being out of the running.... Or very able to blather things publicly about private talks - something Steve Yzerman does not like.
Regardless, you're supposed to earn your spot and rights in this league. Not get it outright regardless of production (or lack there of).
The last time Steven Stamkos' contract was up for renewal, Stammergeddon reined supreme on social media. Since then, social media has only gotten bigger and Stammergeddon this time around could be even bigger.
It's been mused about in the media and among fans, but what's already known about Wednesday's strategic plan unveiling for the property nicknamed "Vinikville" seems to say a Channelside baseball stadium won't (and shouldn't) be in the cards.
The Tampa Bay Lightning lost prospect Richard Panik to the Toronto Maple Leafs last week when they put him on waivers. But, he's not the first prospect to go under Yzerman's watch. Nor will he be the last.
It's not the business partner you'd have expected for Jeff Vinik's planned re-design of the Channelside district near Amalie Arena. But Cascade Investment LLC has entered into a partnership to plan and implement what could be a "billion dollar investment".
More than four years ago, a chart by James Mirtle showed (through attendance) how the situation in Tampa was on a torrid decline. Four years later, we revisit that chart to reflect how things have been thriving.
With the uneven conferences in the new NHL realignment scenario, the league is obviously looking at expansion. If they were a successful company, this is probably how they would likely go about doing that.