Thursday, September 18, 2008

Taking it easy

After knocking out most of my to-do list for the Tampa Bay Lightning's new guys and prospects, I really didn't have all that much for the full squad scrimmage Thursday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

Coming into camp, my game plan was to focus on the new guys -- because there are so many -- and prospects -- because they won't be here all that long -- as much as possible in the early going.

With certain players, from Vinny Lecavalier to Gary Roberts to Matt Carle, assured of a roster spot, I have all season for the Lightning.

That's why this puck signed by Steven Stamkos is the only true highlight of this morning's effort.

Other signers this morning were:

~ Ryan Malone on four cards;
~ Brandon Bochenski on three cards;
~ Adam Hall, on a Nashville Predators puck, and Andrew Hutchinson, on a Carolina Hurricanes puck; and
~ (shown above, from left) Riku Helenius, Radek Smolenak, Vladimir Milhalik, Andy Rogers, Jussi Jokinen and Karri Ramo on a team sheet from last night's radio show.

I'll be back out Friday morning, looking to button up the prospects. I haven't seen Ty Wishart, part of the Dan Boyle deal with San Jose, in camp yet, so he's at the top of the wish list.

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