Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher has put together a crash course on team bonding.
After holding their first post-lockout workout Sunday on home ice in Tampa, the Lightning will travel about 2 1-2 hours south for four days of practice and team activities starting Monday in Estero, Fla.
''I'm not going to kid myself. It takes three weeks to a month to really put things on the ice ... a system and really execute it consistently, and even then we usually start the year all over the place like everybody else,'' Boucher said. ''These guys are going to be animals coming out of a cage. They've been wanting this for a long time. The main focus this week is game shape and chemistry.''
Tampa Bay, which missed the playoffs last season one year after reaching the Eastern Conference finals, opens the regular season Saturday night at home against the Washington Capitals.
''Anytime you can have a chance to bond even more, it's just going to benefit the team,'' said center Steven Stamkos, w...