Tampa Bay Lightning will not return to Traverse City next season, will play in Panthers' prospects camp
The Lightning will not return to the Red Wings’ prospect camp in Traverse City, Mich., next season. Instead, it will be part of a four-team camp run by the Panthers at their practice rink. The Thrashers and Predators also will participate in the mid September (exact dates to come) at Saveology.com Iceplex in Coral Springs.
“It’s a new thing this year,” Lightning assistant GM Julien BriseBois said. “It’s more convenient than Traverse City. Logistically, it’s a lot easier and cheaper.”
The main benefit, BriseBois said, is getting the prospects back to Tampa and the team’s main training camp without wasting a day of travel. But there also is this: “We hope to expose the game to as many people as possible, and that will pay dividends,” BriseBois said.