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The Tampa Bay Lightning traded winger Cory Conacher last season for goaltender Ben Bishop. The team cut ties with franchise fixture Vincent Lecavalier and replaced him with a much less productive player, free agent forward Valtteri Filppula.So this group needs to find more scoring. That is why the Lightning passed on elite defensive prospect Seth Jones to draft winger Jonathan Drouin, who has the skill and poise could step right onto a NHL scoring line as an 18-year-old.The Lightning still has serious salary cap concerns, so the team won’t be adding more offensive talent up front. The door for Drouin is open.“Whether he makes the team or not will be dependent on training camp and exhibition games, and it's not going to hurt any young player to go back and play in Europe or junior or back to college and dominate there for another year,” Lightning director of amateur scouting Al Murray told the Tampa Tribune. “But if he is ready, he'll show that and get the opportunity.”
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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning announced their seven-game preseason schedule Friday.
Tampa Bay begins the session Sept. 18 against the St. Louis Blues at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., marking the second time the Lightning will have played a preseason game at the building. The Blues and Lightning also met at Amway Center on Sept. 21, 2011, and St. Louis won 4-3.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will play a total of seven preseason games in 2013, the team announced today. They will kick off their preseason schedule on Wednesday, September 18 against the St. Louis Blues at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears and AFL’s Orlando Predators. Tampa Bay will play a total...
via Tom McQueen of Bolts By The Bay,
Keep in mind, however, that Steve Yzerman wasn’t the only GM knocking on Filppula’s door in the days leading up to July 5. His suitors were well aware of his winning Stanley Cup experience and the maturity that a player acquires as he learns how to handle himself under sustained playoff pressure.
I believe that with his hockey sense...