THE LIGHTNING INSIDER
Roster news: The trio of Bryce Lampman, Kyle Wanvig and Mathiue Darche cleared waivers at noon today, but only Lampman and Wanvig are headed to Norfolk of the AHL. Darche will get the chance to stick around after Andreas Karlsson suffered an abdominal strain in practice today. He’s listed as day-to-day.
Despite the Karlsson setback, Lightning athletic trainers Tom Mulligan and Jason Serbus, whose theme song had become Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends," are starting to receive some good news as center Chris Gratton's eye is improving steadily and center Ryan Craig's back is showing good signs as well. While defenseman Dan Boyle remains out following wrist surgery, defenseman Paul Ranger and left wing Nick Tarnasky, who both left Saturday's game in Dallas, are expected to play in Thursday's opener against the Devils.
The Lightning held a team meeting at 10 a.m. in Brandon this morning before hitting the ice for practice. The focus seemed to be on offensive rushes, two-on-ones, etc. Following practice the players high-tailed it over to the St. Pete Times Forum for the Lightning's annual event for area Chambers of Commerce. Looking sharp in their road whites, the players manned stations located throughout the Forum mingling with fans and signing autographs. Attendees also enjoyed free food, locker room tours, etc.
One interesting note from Dallas Saturday - the team had the President’s Cup golf competition on the TV in the locker room at the morning skate at the American Airlines center. The event was being played at the Royal Montreal course in Vincent Lecavalier's hometown of Ile Bizard, and as he watched Lecavalier mentioned that not only had he worked as a caddy there in his teen years while his father mowed the greens at night, but his grandfather used to own part of the land the course was built on.
When news came out Sunday that the Lightning might open next season overseas, in Prague against the Penguins according to Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times, Serbus commented "if we're going to go, that's the city we want to go to!"
Serbus spent 10 days in Prague with the U.S. U-17 team just prior to training camp.
"It's the best city in Europe," he added.