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A Jonathan Drouin deal is "close"

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The Western Conference being a possible/likely landing spot for the services of Jonathan Drouin is not surprising... But I do have to say I'm a little surprised the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche are in on this. Chatter, for a while, has suggested St. Louis is a partner in talks -- and has been for a while... The Lightning have also sent scouts to Anaheim in recent games David Pagnotta's Twitter account has a little more on things,

Eyes at War Memorial in Syracuse< NY

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Of course there are two teams at play tonight in the Onondaga War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, but with how things have progressed in the last six days, you can get an inkling that this corps might be examining Jonathan Drouin more than who is on the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals AHL affiliate).

Tyler Johnson reaches a milestone tonight

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Congratulations to #9; 200 down and here's hoping an excessive amount is yet to go for his NHL career.

Official statement from Steve Yzerman regarding Jonathan Drouin

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"We acknowledge, via communication from his agent, Jonathan Drouin’s request to be traded. Moving forward, my sole intention is to act in the best interest of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey club. In the meantime, Jonathan has been assigned to our American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, and we expect him to report for practice with the rest of his teammates this Tuesday morning."

Steve Yzerman, sent out in a press release from the Tampa Bay Lightning organization

Steven Stamkos on the weight of the game

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With the Lightning 5 points behind the Florida Panthers for the Atlantic Division lead and 4 points behind Montreal and Detroit, the weight is there in every game... Especially against divisional foes ahead of the Lightning.

Lineup notes after morning skate

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With Boyle back in the lineup, things are strengthening down the middle fof the Lightning. If Tyler Johnson is a go for tonight, that's huge... Here's hoping he's not feeling rushed or hurrying back. If he does not play tonight, then expecting him back on Wednesday against the Rangers would seem wise.

A note from practice, a reaction from upstate New York

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You may be more focused on the Lightning lineup and the details about color coded jerseys and who may play tomorrow... But remember, there are two teams currently affected by the Lightning's roster -- one being Tampa Bay itself and the other being the Syracuse Crunch. Mike Angelidis is captain in Syracuse and

The full of what happened at 1st intermission

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It's a day after Christmas, but the weight of a touching (surprise) family reunion during the event still has a warm and happy vibe to it and feels perfectly appropriate for the time of year.

PSA for those in attendance

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Hmmm, this makes me curious...

Cedric Paquette probable for tonight

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For the first time in more than a month, forward Cedric Paquette looks to be part of the game tonight. That, or a game-time decision. How this will shift lines remains to be seen, as does the fact Paquette is more likely to see limited ice time