5 Biggest Questions Surrounding Tampa Bay Lightning This Offseason

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With the top-two scorers in the league and no postseason, the Lightning are back to the drawing board.  The hopes of a playoff berth were quickly extinguished after Tampa Bay went 3-6-1 following a 6-3-0 start. After finishing 28th in the league, the Lightning have some questions for this offseason. Who Do You Draft with the No. 3 Pick? Seth Jones is viewed as the No. 1 pick in the 2013 Entry Draft. Tampa Bay picks third. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Seth Jones appears to be a lock for the No. 1 pick in this year’s entry draft. According to Central Scouting, he is the top-rated player in this year’s draft class. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1633866-5-biggest-questions-surrounding-tampa-bay-lightning-this-offseason

A Day In The Life with Lightning scout John Rosso

It is used to enjoy listening to music or grabbing a bite to eat when making a pit stop and catch up with his friends. Sirius XM Radio is his go-to guide, or as he calls it, his “best friend” for getting through the long doldrums of driving through the wintery landscape in the upper Midwest. Rosso also has a favorite eatery to hit up, almost without fail, on each and every trip. He loves Panera Bread. Not only does he enjoy the food, but the coffee on hand comes in handy for staying up late seeing games and writing reports, not to mention the free Wi-Fi Internet that helps him keep up on current events for his own leisure, as well as assists him with anything work-related, such as sending in his daily prospect reports or double-checking the scheduled start time of a game he is going to see. When he finally arrives at the rink, usually 90 minutes before the opening puck drop, he is in full “go mode.” That is, no time to enjoy a snack at the concession stand or make small talk with the other scouts in attendance. By now, most of his meals have already been consumed, on the road of course. The conversation with the other scouts is limited to merely small talk. “They keep what they’re doing pretty tight to the vest,” Rosso said. “We know more or less who we’re all there for.” It’s about an hour before game time, and Rosso has his lineups in hand, scouting over anything he might find interesting, such as who is injured, who is scratched and/or who is playing on what line. source: http://lightning.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=670453

Lightning owner Vinik closing his hedge fund

Vinik’s relaunched hedge fund had about $7.6 billion in assets under management when he announced plans to move its headquarters to Tampa last year. In recent months, fund investors have asked to pull out about $1.5 billion citing concern over poor performance, according to an earlier Wall Street Journal report. Three portfolio managers for Vinik Asset Management plan to start up their own equities hedge fund based in Boston. Jeff Harrington can be reached at jharrington@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8242. .FAST FACTS Jeff Vinik Business: Best known for managing the Fidelity Magellan mutual fund in the early 1990s. Left Magellan in 1996 and started his hedge fund, Vinik Asset Management. Net worth: estimated at $500 million Education: A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke’s School of Engineering, he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1981. He received Duke’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994. Received a master’s from Harvard Business School in 1985. Sports ventures: Purchased the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010. source: http://blogs.tampabay.com/news/business/banking/lightning-owner-vinik-closing-his-hedge-fund/2118970

Cross Checks: Tampa Bay Lightning

Pearson Award since 1970-71. The Award honours Ted Lindsay, an All-Star forward known for his skill, tenacity, leadership, and for his role in establishing the original Players’ Association. Crosby, Ovechkin and St. Louis are all previous recipients of the “Most Outstanding Player” award, and this group of finalists will have received six of the last nine awards, including this season. The 2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award recipient will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. The following players are finalists for the 2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award (in alphabetical order): Sidney Crosby, of Cole Harbour, NS, Canada, appeared in 36 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012-13 regular season, and helped lead the Penguins to first place in the Eastern Conference. He ranked tied for third in the league in points (56), second in assists (41), fourth in plus-minus (+26), and first in points per game (1.56). This marks the second year in a row that a Penguins player has been nominated, after Evgeni Malkin received the 2011-12 Ted Lindsay Award. Crosby is vying for his second “Most Outstanding Player” award. He received the players’ award in 2006-07 and was also a finalist in 2009-10. source: http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/category/_/name/tampa-bay-lightning

 

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