Lightning Camp Tuesday

Covering the Tampa Bay Lightning training camp live from the Brandon Ice Sports Forum.

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Bye Bye From Brandon

A slow day comes to an end here at the Ice Sports Forum. The lights are out in both rinks, a handful of players are stretching, a couple of guys are eating lunch but other than that the only activity is preparation for the trip to Dallas this afternoon. Coach Boucher isn’t even here so it looks like this will be the last update from camp.

For more coverage on the Lightning, especially game threads on tonight’s game as well as Wednesday’s and Thursday’s, be sure to visit Raw Charge.

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Tuesday Morning: Traveling Day

The last day of workouts at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon before the Lightning hits the road is underway. The forwards are working through drills on the north rink while the defense is on the south rink. The only two goalies on the ice are Dustin Tokarski and Cedric Desjardins, both working with the forwards.

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Mike Smith Suffers Fractured Finger; Out At Least A Week

Lightning goalie Mike Smith suffered a fractured ring finger on his right (stick) hand during practice Monday morning. He will be out of action for a week, meaning he will miss at least the first four preseason games, and will be re-evaluated then.

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Mike Smith Leaves Practice With Injured Finger, May Not Play Tuesday

Goaltender Mike Smith left the ice during power play drills this morning, favoring his right arm. After practice, head coach Guy Boucher confirmed that Smith had injured a finger on his right hand. To what extent is not known, pending xrays, but he may not play Tuesday night at Dallas.

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Who's Going To Dallas?

The travelling group for the Lightning’s first exhibition game tomorrow in Dallas has been confirmed.

FORWARDS

#9 - Steve Downie, #18 – Adam Hall, #24 – Johan Harju, #6 – Ryan Malone, #19 – Dominic Moore, #71 – Richard Panik, #23 – Niklas Persson, #34 – Marc-Antoine Pouliot, #16 – Teddy Purcell, #44 – Nate Thompson, #42 – Dana Tyrell, #43 – James Wright

DEFENSEMEN

#7 - Brett Clark, #58 – Scott Jackson, #5 – Mattias Ohlund, #28 – Matt Roy, #32 – Matt Smaby, #48 – Mike Vernace

GOALTENDERS

#30- Cedrick Desjardins, #41 – Mike Smith

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Peckham Likes What He Sees

Longtime Lightning TV play-by-play man has been at training camp every day and is encouraged by what’s happening so far.

“What you look for from players you’re familiar with is if they’re struggling in some way and so far, there are no signs of that. Also you look for surprises from the younger players and to how new guys are fitting in and so far everything looks great.”

“Some of the combinations are interesting. Kubina and Hedman, for instance. Also, the pairings of Gagne and Lecavalier and Stamkos and St. Louis. It’ll be interesting to see those combinations in game action.”

“It’s great to see so many fans. They’ve stuck through a lot recently and to turn out in the numbers they have for training camp is a great sign. I think this area is ready to explode.”

“(Richard) Panik has been very impressive. Also, I like what I’ve seen from Carter Ashton and Dominic Moore. You always like to see guys step up when they get an opportunity like this.”

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Some Stats To Savor

Good morning, Lightning fans. How about some statistics from this weekend’s scrimmages?

GOALS:
Richard Panik – 2
Niklas Persson – 2
James Wright – 1
Mike Lundin – 1
Ryan Malone – 1
Nate Thompson – 1
Mark Barberio – 1
Steven Stamkos – 1
Simon Gagne – 1
Stefano Giliati – 1

ASSISTS
James Wright – 2
Johan Harju – 2
Brett Connolly – 2
Carter Ashton – 2
Dominic Moore – 2
Eric Perrin – 1
Tedy Purcell – 1
Steve Downie – 1
Adam Hall – 1
Marc-Antoine Pouliot -1
Martin St. Louis -1
Kevin Quick -1

TOTAL POINTS:
James Wright – 3
Richard Panik – 2
Niklas Persson – 2
Mike Lundin – 2
Johan Harju – 2
Brett Connolly – 2
Carter Ashton – 2
Dominic Moore – 2
Ryan Malone – 1
Nate Thompson – 1
Mark Barberio – 1
Steven Stamkos – 1
Simon Gagne – 1
Stefano Giliati – 1
Eric Perrin – 1
Tedy Purcell – 1
Steve Downie – 1
Adam Hall – 1
Marc-Antoine Pouliot -1
Martin St. Louis -1
Kevin Quick -1

SHOTS ON GOAL (top fifteen)
Richard Panik – 6
James Wright – 5
Alex Berry – 5
Nate Thompson – 4
Juraj Simek – 4
Paul Szczechura – 4
Niklas Persson – 3
Mike Lundin – 3
Johan Harju – 3
Brett Connolly – 3
Ryan Malone – 3
Steven Stamkos – 3
Teddy Purcell – 3
Alex Hutchings – 3
Vincent Lecavalier – 3

GOALIES
SHOTS AGAINST

Mike Smith – 22
Cedrick Desjardins – 22
Dustin Tokarski – 19
Dan Ellis – 18
Jaroslav Janus – 5

SAVES
Mike Smith – 20
Dustin Tokarski – 17
Dan Ellis – 16
Cedric Desjardins – 16
Jaroslav Janus – 5

SAVE PECENTAGE
Jaroslav Janus – 1.000
Mike Smith – .909
Dustin Tokarski – .895
Dan Ellis – .889
Cedrick Desjardins – .727

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Video from Day 2 of Lightning Training Camp

From our friend John Fontana over at Raw Charge:

A user on Boltprospects.com posted several video clips from practice Sunday.

Remember, for all the nuts & bolts of your Tampa Bay Lightning, keep Raw Charge in your favorites.

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Is The Book Closed On Paul Ranger?

If there are any fans out there still holding out hope that puck-moving defenseman Paul Ranger might show up and re-join the team at some point this season (or at all, for that matter), you might want to consider moving on. It seems that the Lightning have.
GM Steve Yzerman confirmed nearly three weeks ago that the 26-year-old, who has been absent from the team on a personal leave of absence since last October, would not be attending training camp and wasn’t being considered for a spot on the roster. But when a Lightning front office official (not Steve Yzerman) was asked to elaborate on the situation, this was the response:

“We still hold his rights and if he decides he wants to play hockey again, it would be for us. But we don’t expect that to happen.”

When asked if Paul Ranger is a part of the equation for the Tampa Bay Lightning going forward, the answer was even shorter and less open for interpretation:

“No.”

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Coach Boucher Speaks

Observations from the 2nd day of training camp:

On players’ approach on the ice:

“No matter what our systems are, we need to pursue the puck and dictate the play. If you’re always in a so-called ‘thinking’ mode, you’re basically always reacting to the opponent. That’s not what I want. I want us to dictate the pace of the game. I want the players to do it and whoever’s going to be on board has got to figure that out pretty quick.”

On rookie Brett Connolly:

“Basically he didn’t play last year. Every day he’s showing more and more. His mind thinks really fast. Right now, I’m very happy to see a player we drafted first do that well, to improve so fast. I thought he’d have a bit of a hard time since he didn’t play much last year so that says a lot about him.”

On who will be the #1 goaltender:

“Well, you know what? Everybody’s asking me who’s gonna be that #1 and to me it’s going to be that who’s in net that day and right now, if they’re both in net, you get a tie. But the reality is they’re two solid goaltenders and what we’re going to be looking for in both of them is, since we know they can both be outstanding, we’re looking for who can be outstanding on a regular basis.”

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Training Camp: A Time To Make New Friends

In spite of Coach Boucher’s stated “No Fighting” policy, forwards Tim Marks and Nate Thompson had to be seperated after a scramble for the puck in front of goaltender Dan Ellis in the first period of today’s scrimmage. No punches were thrown but some pushing and shoving and long, dirty looks were exchanged.

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What Do You Think?

Some observations from the fans in attendance:

“I can’t believe they’re flying around out there like this. Everything they do looks like they’re behind by a goal with a minute left to play. I love it!” — Kevin Hooks, Lakeland

“Lots of missed shots. Maybe our defense and goaltenders are just better this year?” — Jan Smits, St. Petersburg

“I’m here to see the new guys. I’m watching Gagne and Ellis. I think Kubina is bigger now than when he was here before. I think Perrin’s wasting his time, sorry to say.” — David Leffler, Tampa

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Another Big Crowd

Yesterday, lightning officials expected a crowd of between 400-600 people. While no official count was available, it was pretty obvious that number was exceeded. One team official said it was closer to 1,000, maybe 1,200, based on a car count. That’s a good sign for a franchise that is coming off a long stretch of bad hockey and public relations mishaps stemming from myriad mistakes made by the previous ownership. This morning there was a long line to get in and it looks like there might be even more people here today. That’s pretty remarkable, considering that it’s Sunday and the popularity of football. Unlike yesterday, the standing areas behind the goals on the east end of the building have been opened up. That was a suggestion made yesterday by none other than former team captain Dave Andreychuk.

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Head Coach Guy Boucher Speaks

Some comments from Head Coach Guy Boucher from the first day of training camp

On when he’ll start implementing his system:

“That started in June. I met quite a few of the players this summer, I met some in the last two weeks, yesterday and I met everybody last night. I’ve said a lot of things about what we want to do as an organization and how we want to do it and I’ve talked about some specifics on the ice.”

On what kind of players the Lightning wants:

“We’re looking for guys who are tough. To me, toughness is not about fighting or hitting. it’s about being able to take checks and cheap shots and keep going. That takes somebody who’s tough mentally and physically to do that. And that’s the number one thing we’re looking for.”

On who stood out today:

“I like (Dominic) Moore. I saw him play last year in Montreal and I loved him. He represents a lot of the kind of stuff we want to do. He’s fast, he’s gritty, he’s in-your-face. he drives the net, he’s got a shooter’s mentality and he forces himself in between the dots in the areas where it hurts but it pays. Today, he was bopping a lot of people and he was making it happen so i was quite impressed with him. Also you look at (Richard) Panik. He got a few points but to me, it’s more than that. I saw him at Traverse City and I’ve seen development in just a few days. Panik is one of those guys. There’s quite a few of them. If I start naming them, I’ll leave somebody out but for right now I’ll leave it at two guys.”

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GM Steve Yzerman Speaks

Some comments from Lightning General manager Steve Yzerman

On first impressions:

“A majority of the players I’ve seen and I am quite familiar with. A few of the guys that played in the American League last year, it’s my first look at them. I like the organization, the preparation of the coaches. I really haven’t had a chance to go in depth yet. Day one, we got a chance to see some of the younger guys in the scrimmage and they looked pretty good. First day is difficult. Everybody just trying to get their work in and get settled.”

On the fan turnout:

“I like the excitement that the fans showed, and it’s good for the players. It creates an exciting atmosphere for them as well.”

On building this year’s team:

“Every team is in a different situation. They have their own goals and their own idea how they’re going to get there. Guy and his staff want to get to know their players, not just the ones that are on the team already but they want to work with our young players too. There’s a lot of work to be done. Having said that, we want to be a good team this year too and want to do everything we can to pick the best players to make this team the best we can put on the ice.”

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Zamboni Break

Everyone’s enjoying a brief rest while the ice is re-surfaced in preparation for the scrimmage which will begin shortly. For what it’s worth, the combinations of Gagne-Lecavalier-Downie and Malone-Stamkos-St. Louis were constants during the early drills.

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Goaltending Looks Sharp Early

In particular, Mike Smith has made several difficult saves in 3-on-1 breakaway drills. Puckhandling is a little sloppy by the forwards but it’s VERY early.

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Fans In The Stands, Players On The Ice

The 2010-11 Lightning are on the ice at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum, led by the goalie trio of Dan Ellis, Mike Smith and Cedric Desjardins on the north rink. The stands are filled on the north side and people are standing behind the goals, approximately 400 to 500 people already and scrimmages don’t start until 11:00 a.m.

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Lightning Training Camp: Live

New owner, new GM, new coach and a boatload of new players. And finally, it will all hit the ice Saturday morning at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum when the Tampa Bay Lightning get their annual pre-season training camp underway. And SB Nation Tampa Bay has you covered; check in here for live updates from camp throughout the day, both Saturday and Sunday.

Here is the team's planned schedule (special thanks to Raw Charge):

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM               Main Locker Room Meeting

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM             Alternate Locker Room Meeting

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM          North Rink: Team White Practice

                                                South Rink: Team Black Practice

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM          North Rink: Scrimmage – Team White vs. Team Black

                                                South Rink: Goalie and Extra Players Practice/ Off-Ice Training                               

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM          South Rink: Team White On-Ice Conditioning

                                                Weight Room: Team Black Off-Ice Conditioning

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM               Main Locker Room Meeting

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM             Alternate Locker Room Meeting

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM          North Rink: Team White Practice

                                                South Rink: Team Black Practice

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM          North Rink: Scrimmage – Team White vs. Team Black

                                                South Rink: Goalie and Extra Players Practice/Off-Ice Training                

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM          North Rink: Team Black On-Ice Conditioning

                                                Weight Room: Team White Off-Ice Conditioning

 

And here are the rosters for the Black/White scrimmages (special thanks to Raw Charge):

 

TEAM BLACK

FORWARDS

No. Name
67 - Alex Berry
14 - Brett Connolly
37 - Chris Durno
74 - Mitch Fadden
29 - Mitch Fritz 
47 - Alex Hutchings
49 - Blair Jones
6 - Ryan Malone
11 - Eric Perrin
16 - Teddy Purcell
46 - Juraj Simek
26 - Martin St. Louis
91 - Steven Stamkos
38 - Paul Szczechura
44 - Nate Thompson
42 - Dana Tyrell

DEFENSEMEN


50 - Mark Barberio
7 - Brett Clark
75 - Radko Gudas
58 - Scott Jackson
8 - Randy Jones
5 - Mattias Ohlund
32 - Matt Smaby
48 - Michael Vernace(AHL)

GOALTENDERS

30 - Cedrick Desjardins
33 - Dan Ellis

 

TEAM WHITE

FORWARDS


59 - Mike Angelidis
15 - Carter Ashton
10 - Sean Bergenheim
9 - Steve Downie
65 - Matt Fornataro
12 - Simon Gagne
55 - Stefano Giliati
18 - Adam Hall
24 - Johan Harju
4 - Vincent Lecavalier
52 - Tim Marks
19 - Dominic Moore
71 - Richard Panik
23 - Niklas Persson
34 - Marc Antoine Pouliot
43 - James Wright

DEFENSEMEN


77 - Victor Hedman
13 - Pavel Kubina
39 - Mike Lundin
56 - Vladimir Mihalik
51 - Kevin Quick
28 - Mathieu Roy
3 - Ty Wishart

GOALTENDERS


41 - Mike Smith
40 - Dustin Tokarski
31 - Jaroslav Janus

 

For more information on what's scheduled to take place at training camp, including activities for the whole family to enjoy, please click here.

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