Tampa Bay Lightning
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Submitted by pete on September 14, 2006 - 23:22
[url=http://www.sptimes.com/2006/09/14/Lightning/Keeping_players_skati.shtml]In an interesting article in the Times[/url], Damian Cristodero interviews several medical experts as well as the Lightning training staff on the positive effects on "Camp Torturella". The Lightning have had the least amount of man games lost to injury the past two seasons, which can partially be attributed to their rigorous conditioning regime to start the year. I have this argument regularly with fans of other teams who claim the Lightning's success at preventing injury has been the product of luck alone, and it gauls me to no end that the conventional wisdom amongst the national hockey media often parrots the same point. There may have been a point to that after one season, but after two years of having the best success in the league it's a trend, one that other teams would be wise to follow. I will point out one factor which is missing from the article though, which is that the majority of the Lightning's players are in their mid to late 20's whereas many teams in the league have a much larger compliment of players over 30 on their rosters. Having a well conditioned and youthful team has helped the Lightning stay healthy as much as "luck" and the national hockey media needs to wise up to it.
Submitted by pete on September 14, 2006 - 23:16
Nikita Alexeev claims he grew an inch and gained 10 pounds of muscle when he was in Russia [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2006/09/13/Lightning/Stint_in_Russia_gave_.shtml]in a Damian Cristodero article in the Times.[/url] He also claims he will "light it up" and "dominate every year." In related news, Alexeev also has some prime land in the Everglades he's looking to sell. The former 2000 1st round draft pick had 6 goals and 10 points in 40 games last season for Omsk in the Russian Superleague. Rhetorical question: if he didn't "light it up" in Russia how likely is it he will "dominate" now in the NHL? Not very. But I'm receptive to being surprised.
Submitted by pete on September 14, 2006 - 21:45
This guy could be mayor of Tampa if he can get the Lightning back to elite status after one off year. He [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBLWY2H2SE.html]says all the right things:[/url] [i]"No matter how you look at it or how specific you get, with the three laps six times or the 15 laps three times and the different strength tests and all that, this is a measure to see how well you measure up against the other NHL teams. Hopefully you are in better shape than they are so you can get that last goal with a minute left in the game. "That's what it comes down to, that's the bottom line for anybody. I'm not saying this because I spoke with anybody, that's how it is everywhere and that's how it should be." -Denis on "Camp Torturella", From the Trib[/i]
Submitted by pete on September 13, 2006 - 18:36
[b]2004 Lightning Traverse City Statistics:[/b] [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] 2-3-5 [url=Nick-Tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] 1-2-3 [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url] 2-0-2 [url=andreas-holmqvist]Andreas Holmqvist[/url] 1-1-2 [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] 1-1-2 [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url] 1-1-2 [url=andre-deveaux]Andre Deveaux*[/url] 0-2-2 [url=jf-soucy]JF Soucy[/url] 0-2-2 [url=mark-tobin]Mark Tobin[/url] 1-0-1 [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url]1-0-1 [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] 1-0-1 Raimonds Danilics 0-1-1 [url=dennis-packard]Dennis Packard[/url] 0-1-1 [url=doug-obrien]Doug O'Brien[/url] 0-1-1 Karri Akkanen 0-0-0 Brandon Elliot 0-0-0 [url=mike-egener]Mike Egener[/url] 0-0-0 [url=paul-ranger] Paul Ranger[/url] 0-0-0 Jan Zapletal 0-0-0 [i]*Denotes Tryout Invitee[/i] [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url], 60:00, 1-0-0, 37 Svs, 1 GA, 1.00 GAA .974 sv% [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url], 59:00, 0-1-0, 36 Svs, 4 GA, 4.07 GAA, .900 sv% [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url], 60:00, 1-0-1, 33 Svs, 4 GA, 4.00 GAA, .879 sv%
Submitted by pete on September 12, 2006 - 23:49
[url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]Also in Erik Erlendsson's blog[/url], defenseman Brady Greco underwent his second shoulder surgery since signing his first pro contract with the Lightning in the summer of 2005 and will be on the shelf 6-8 weeks. Also, the Lightning have invited prospect defenseman [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] and Falcons contract players center Dan Cavanaugh and defenseman John Adams to their training camp. My own personal sentiment: it's good to see a heart and soul guy like Dan Cavanaugh get rewarded for his hard work.