Gay Guy in Central Florida loving Hockey and Tampa Bay Lightning

 

lightningskullz:

Can’t Wait! ⚡⚡⚡⚡#tblightning #tampabaylightning #isitoctoberyet #letsgolightning #believeinthebolts

lightningskullz:

Can’t Wait! ⚡⚡⚡⚡#tblightning #tampabaylightning #isitoctoberyet #letsgolightning #believeinthebolts

shaggsky:

Hard to believe it was just a few short years ago that I was arguing with some dolt about whether the Lightning would even exist beyond the next decade. Though he was probably one of those so-called “purists” who think that no matter how well a  team does, it’s a bad idea to put them any further south than St. Louis (though Nashville seems to be the lone exception). 

This team has had it’s struggles in that period, but look at what they accomplished last season. though it’s a shame what happened to Ben Bishop. But, he’s expected to be ready to give it another go, and he has yet another solid backup, with Evgeni Nabokov replacing Anders Lindback. Goaltending in Tampa is looking pretty sweet so far. 

I’m also pleased with Yzerman’s defencive acquisitions, bringing in seasoned veterans mostly.

Speaking of defencemen, is Victor Hedman the most underrated d-man in the league or what? Same goes for Eric Brewer. Though at this point, Hedman is the likeliest of the two to be nominated for a Norris Trophy. And if he keeps playing like he has been, I sincerely hope he does.

Shifting to offence, I can’t make any complaints here either. Depth signings were made (including veteran Brenden Morrow, a guy I thoroughly enjoyed seeing in St. Louis), and most of Tampa’s better scorers are still here. 

I see this team making the playoffs, a second round entirely possible. And beyond this season/offseason, Yzerman is really setting this team up for long-term success (case in point, this year’s draft and the prospects looking to earn a spot in the upcoming training camp). Losing in the first round in 2014 was a real punch in the gut, but it could also have been a wake-up call for this team. And I think they’ll answer.

thepinerider:


Brett Connolly Now or Never 
After signing a one year, two way contract in the offseason, Brett Connolly is in a prove it year with the Bolts.  The 22 year old BC native has shown flashes of exciting play, but has not been able to stick with the big club.  In his three years as a pro Connolly has played 137 games in the AHL …

Via: http://thehockeywriters.com/brett-connolly-now-or-never/

thepinerider:

Brett Connolly Now or Never

After signing a one year, two way contract in the offseason, Brett Connolly is in a prove it year with the Bolts.  The 22 year old BC native has shown flashes of exciting play, but has not been able to stick with the big club.  In his three years as a pro Connolly has played 137 games in the AHL …

Via: http://thehockeywriters.com/brett-connolly-now-or-never/

Callahan and Stamkos hang out on the ice together after a long shift