Morning skate stuff
You are going to hear a lot of rumors about various players coming to the Lightning, especially as free agents, in order to replace Dan Boyle. Probably best not to believe them. Given the Lightning's payroll situation, it is probably wise to assume that is not a road they will travel.
There also seems to be a school of thought, espoused by coach John Tortorella today, that Boyle could be back on the early side of the four-to-six week window to recover from his tendon surgery. Four weeks means Oct. 21. Tampa Bay doesn't play again until the 24th and at that point will have played just six games. In Lightning world, that does not justify signing a another free agent.
As for trades, that could be more manageable because of the payroll-out, payroll-in thing. Still a long shot because of 1) the Lightning already has depth issues and 2) if I were a team approached by another trying to fill a huge gap like Boyle, I'm not going to be charitable.
So get used to what you see because that's likely going to be what you get out of the gate. Bryce Lampman and Mike Lundin will play tonight against the Red Wings. Lampman has limited, but some, NHL experience, so he's probably in a better position to snag the sixth D spot out of camp.
The injury list is still significant.
Ryan Craig was sent to a doctor today to get his back spasms checked. "He's locked up,'' Tortorella said. ... Michel Ouellet (left hamstring) skated this morning but will not play. Tortorella said the training staff has asked to hold Ouellet out one more game. Trainer Tommy Muligan said that is true. ... Chris Gratton (corneal abrasion) looks better. That is, his right eye is not as colorful, but said his vision is still a bit fuzzy. ... Vinny Lecavalier (undisclosed upper body injury) will not play tonight but skated and said whatever is bothering him is nothing to worry about. He said if it were the regular season he would be playing. Tortorella said there is no reason to rush Lecavalier, anyway. It's not like he is trying out.
Vinny Prospal-Brad Richards-Marty St. Louis
Jan Hlavac-Andreas Karlsson-Jason Ward
Nick Tarnasky-Craig MacDonald-Andre Roy
Mathieu Darche and Kyle Wanvig
Filip Kuba-Shane O’Brien
Paul Ranger-Brad Lukowich
Bryce Lampman-Doug Janik
Karri Ramo (likely starter); Johan Holmqvist