BRANDON, Fla. While a new proposal swirls that could break the ice in the NHL lockout, its been business as usual here on the ice at a local skating establishment for a dedicated cadre of Tampa Bay Lightning players.
And for one well-known Bolt veteran who has been through all this before, the only game plan has been to keep training in voluntary morning workout sessions just to be ready for whenever a deal might be struck.
Team captain Vinny Lecavalier remembers all too well the frustration from the lost 2004-05 season, which came on the heels of his greatest career reward: Tampa Bays storybook Stanley Cup championship. The Lightning beat the Calgary Flames in a tough, seven-game series.
Though its been just over a month since the work stoppage began, the same feelings of uncertainty are bubbling back to the surface. The last time around, instead of being able to build on the glow of the franchises greatest moment, Lecavalier wound up playing hockey across the globe in the ...