With no NHL playoffs, Alaskans take on world

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Replacement coach Jon Cooper didn’t fare much better, finishing the season with a 5-8-3 record. With Lindback unable to establish himself as the team’s top goalie, Tampa General Manager Steve Yzerman acquired Ben Bishop from the Ottawa Senators at the league’s trade deadline With all the comings and goings in Tampa Bay — including his own arrival — Carle admitted that his first season was “an adjustment” that was made more difficult by the lockout. “You get in with a new group of guys, new coaching staff, a new system, you hope to have a longer, normal three-week training camp to get adjusted,” he said. “But we were thrown into the fire right away with a short training camp and no preseason games. So it was a new experience.” He said the world championship tournament is helping him get a head start on Tampa Bay’s 2013-14 season because it’s giving him the opportunity to play more with Bishop, who is the U.S. starting goaltender. “He and I are actually roommates here so I think it helps even more to build a friendship there, to work with him, to get to know him more on and off the ice,” he said. “He’s a guy who’s very active in playing the puck so as a defenseman it’s specifically nice to be able to get more reps together with him.” Bishop said he’s using the tournament as a springboard for the next NHL season — and for consideration for a slot on the 2014 U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team, if the NHL let’s its players compete in the Winter Games in the games in Sochi, Russia. Bishop could be in the mix with a bevy of American-born goalies including Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, the Buffalo Sabres’ Ryan Miller and Cory Schneider of the Vancouver Canucks. source: http://www.adn.com/2013/05/06/2893101/with-no-nhl-playoffs-alaskans.html

Kane, Moulson and St. Louis Voted Lady Byng Trophy Finalists

Louis led the NHL with 43 assists and 60 points in 48 games to capture his second career Art Ross Trophy (2003-04). He averaged 1.25 points per game, becoming one of only three players in League history to achieve that mark at age 37 or older (Mario Lemieux, 2002-03; Gordie Howe, 1968-69). St. Louis also ranked second among NHL forwards in total time on ice (1,055:12), but was assessed just 14 penalty minutes. The Laval, Que., native is a two-time Lady Byng winner (2009-10, 2010-11) and has been voted a finalist for the award on four other occasions. History Lady Byng, wife of Canada’s Governor-General at the time, presented the Lady Byng Trophy during the 1924-25 season. After Frank Boucher of the New York Rangers won the award seven times in eight seasons, he was given the trophy to keep and Lady Byng donated another trophy in 1936. After Lady Byng’s death in 1949, the National Hockey League presented a new trophy, changing the name to the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. Tampa Bay Storm tampabaylightning.com is the official Web site of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay Lightning and tampabaylightning.com are trademarks of Lightning Hockey L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. source: http://lightning.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=670974

5 Biggest Questions Surrounding Tampa Bay Lightning This Offseason

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What About the Salary Cap? Steven Stamkos deservedly earns $7.5 million per season. But, his contract isn’t the largest on the team and the Bolts need salary-cap space. Greg Fiume/Getty Images One league-wide front-office concern is the change in the salary cap for the 2013-14 season. The salary cap is set to drop from $70 million to $64 million next season.  Tampa Bay had $64 million in salary this season and has players like Benoit Pouliot, Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Keith Aulie with expired contracts. Finding ways to free up cap space will be crucial. How Can the Injury Woes Be Solved? An injury to Anders Lindback not only hurt the team’s momentum, but his development. It cost the Bolts Cory Conacher, too. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images Every NHL team faces injuries. That is just a part of the physical, fast-paced game. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1633866-5-biggest-questions-surrounding-tampa-bay-lightning-this-offseason

Off-Season Game Plan: Tampa Bay Lightning

There’s little question that Barberio has the skill to play in the NHL, at least helping on the power play, but there could be more too. If his defensive play is adequate, Barberio could climb into a significant role with Tampa Bay over the next couple seasons as some veteran defencemen reach the end. A smallish skilled centre, Vladislav Namestnikov was a first-round pick in 2011 and has the game to be an NHLer, but he will need to get stronger to withstand the rigors of the pro game as well as take advantage of skating and puck skills that are so encouraging. Injuries have plagued 19-year-old defenceman Slater Koekkoek , limiting him to 68 games over the past two seasons, so next year may just be a year to get game experience, but he’s a well-rounded defenceman with good size and improving puck skills. J.T. Brown is a speedy winger whose first season as a pro was marred by a broken collarbone. There are a lot of skilled young forwards bidding for jobs in Tampa Bay, so Brown faces a lot of competition, but if he’s healthy, he’ll be in the mix. A strong year in the AHL earned Ondrej Palat a promotion to Tampa Bay and he didn’t embarrass himself (2 G, 2 A, +5, 14 GP) while playing in a depth role. A third line role, with a little scoring potential, is a reasonable expectation but there is no shortage of challengers. One of the hottest collegiate free agents, 6-foot-8 defenceman Andrej Sustr could take some time, particularly as he adjusts to the pro game from playing a Nebraska-Omaha, but his size gives The Giant intriguing upside. Tampa Bay’s prospect pool is deeper than most and defencemen Nikita Nesterov , Dmitri Korobov and Dylan Blujus are among those beyond this list that are worth monitoring. source: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=423246

St. Louis a finalist for NHL Most Oustanding Player award

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin are the other finalists. 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. source: http://www.foxsportsflorida.com/nhl/tampa-bay-lightning/story/Lightnings-Martin-St-Louis-finalist-for-?blockID=900593&

 

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