Lightning owner Jeff Vinik dreams big about downtown Tampa’s redevelopment

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We see a huge amount of potential.” Vinik, 54, sat down with the Tampa Bay Times to discuss his vision — or as much as he would share. He was affable and upbeat, but also very guarded. As is his custom, he declined to speculate, discuss specifics or release financial details about most topics. But he did say he has recruited real estate experts to help map out developing nearly 20 acres of downtown property he owns near the Tampa Bay Times Forum. He bought the arena’s lease along with the hockey team in 2010. He said he’s compiling a master plan for his Channel District holdings, consulting the “best minds” inside and outside Tampa Bay. The project will likely be built in phases over several years. But he offered no start date. “We want to be thoughtful and deliberate with this,” he said. “Not take years with it. But take the appropriate amount of time (to build something) that this whole community will be proud of.” Vinik didn’t rule out any options: It could be a mix of residential, retail, restaurants and hotels. He said his “Tampa Live” concept — similar to the L.A. source:

Lightning’s Martin St. Louis finalist for NHL MOP award

The players vote on the award, which honors Lindsay, 87, a former winger for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. St. Louis (once), Crosby (once) and Ovechkin (three times) are all previous recipients of the honor. Before the 2009-10 season, the accolade was known as the Lester B. Pearson Award. St. Louis, a 14-year veteran, led the league in points (60) this season, winning his second career Art Ross Trophy, following his first after the 2003-04 campaign. He also ranked first in assists (43), second in points per game (1.25) and fifth in power play assists. “Hey, I’m proud,” St. Louis said of winning the Art Ross Trophy, after a season-ending loss to the Florida Panthers on April 27. source:

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ryan Malone Back In Lineup After Flu

The Lightning have the third-highest chance of being awarded the NHL’s No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, which will… Via The Bay Cave  |  12 days ago The final game of the Lightning season played out just like how the entire season has. An inconsistent game played on both ends of the ice resulted in a 5-3 loss to the Panthers.  The NHL points leader Martin St. Louis broke a 2-2 tie in the second when his wrist shot from the side of the crease to make it 3-2. But two third period goals by Florida put the Bolts down 4-3 before… Via FF Locker Room  |  9 days ago The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Nikita Nesterov to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday. Nesterov is a fifth round pick from the 2011 NHL draft and has spent his time so far in the KHL. The post Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Defenseman Nikita Nesterov appeared first on FFLockerRoom | NFL – MLB News | Fantasy Sports Advice | Sports Talk. Via HockeyBuzz  |  11 days ago Twenty years of thunder are in the books, as your Tampa Bay Lightning have wrapped up their 2013 National Hockey League season. source:

Lightning sign Gudas to three-year contract

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Cross Checks: Tampa Bay Lightning

He received the players’ award in 2006-07 and was also a finalist in 2009-10. Alex Ovechkin, of Moscow, Russia, appeared in all 48 games for the Washington Capitals in the 2012-13 regular season, and helped lead the Capitals to a Southeast Division title. He led the league in goals (32) to win his third “Rocket” Richard Trophy, tied for third in the league in points (56), tied for fifth in points per game (1.17) and ranked first in power play goals (16). Ovechkin is vying for his fourth “Most Outstanding Player” award. He previously received the players’ award in three consecutive seasons (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10), and he was also a finalist in 2005-06. Martin St. Louis, of Laval, QC, Canada, appeared in all 48 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2012-13 season. He led the league in points (60) to win his second career Art Ross Trophy (2003-04), ranked first in assists (43), second in points per game (1.25), and fifth in power play assists. This marks the third consecutive year that a Lightning player has been nominated, after St. Louis’ linemate Steven Stamkos was a finalist in each of the previous two seasons. St. source:


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