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Tampa Bay Lightning D Brendan Mikkelson will play for Vasteras in Sweden

Defenseman Brendan Mikkelson is the fourth Tampa Bay Lightning player to head oversees for the duration of the NHL lockout. Mikkelson will play for Vasteras in Sweden's Allsvenskan league, one notch below that country's elite league.

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Tampa Bay Lightning W Marty St. Louis keeping a wary eye on Hurricane Sandy

When Tampa Bay Lightning wing Marty St. Louis left the ice after Monday's skate at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, he went straight for his phone to check on the progress of Hurricane Sandy. He didn't particularly like what he saw.

"The water is coming up, boys," St. Louis declared as he walked into the locker room.

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Tampa Bay Lightning G Lindback to play in Finland

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback will play for Ilves Tampere during the NHL lockout, agent Michael Deutsch said Saturday.

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Strong stuff from Tampa Bay Lightning W Marty St. Louis on cancellation of November games

Tampa Bay Lightning wing Marty St. Louis had some strong words when told the league canceled games through Nov. 30.

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NHL cancels games through Nov. 30 (with statements and Lightning player reaction)

The NHL on Friday canceled games through Nov. 30 and could deep-six the Winter Classic and All-Star Game next week, the latest signs the lockout is threatening the entire season.

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President Obama talks NHL lockout with Jay Leno

In case you missed it, here is President Obama urging the NHL and Players' Association to get to work solving the lockout that is threatening to wipe out the entire season:

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Tampa Bay Lightning RW B.J. Crombeen calls NHL's negotiating style "a bully tactic"

Lightning right wing B.J. Crombeen doesn’t like the way the NHL is conducting negotiations, calling the league’s refusal to restart talks on a new collective bargaining agreement “a bully tactic.”

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman: 82-game schedule "does not seem to be a reality"

Hope the NHL could salvage a full 82-game season seemed to fade Wednesday, when commissioner Gary Bettman said, "Unfortunately, an 82-game season does not seem to be a reality."

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Today: Chat live with Tom Jones, 12:30

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The latest CBA/lockout sideshow: League allowed GMs, owners 48 hours to speak to players

So, it came to light on Tuesday that the NHL for 48 hours last week allowed its owners and general managers to speak to players about the ongoing lockout that is threatening to wipe out the season. The league gave instructions in a memo conversations had to be initiated by the players. There also were other rules of conduct fashioned in order for the league to avoid accusations of unfair labor practices, and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an e-mail to Canada's Globe and Mail he is "confident" the league passed muster.

Even so, the Players' Association certainly isn't happy about the tactic.

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Alternate programming: Sun Sports to televise classic Tampa Bay Lightning games during lockout

Sun Sports, which televises Tampa Bay Lightning games, has come up with alternate programming during the lockout with classic Lightning games to be shown every Thursday. On this week: Dave Andreychuk's record-setting power-play goal, Nov. 15, 2002, against the Sharks.

The programming will be discontinued when (if) the lockout ends. Here is the announcement from the team:

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NHL cancels games through Nov. 1

In what should be a surprise to no one after talks angrily broke off on Thursday, the NHL canceled games through Nov. 1. As bad as that sounds, it still leaves open the possibility of an 82-game schedule if the owners and Players' Association can come to a quick resolution on a collective bargaining agreement and get training camps opened by Oct. 26.

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Updated: The NHL's full CBA proposal to the players with the union's initial response

The NHL released it's CBA proposal to the Players' Association. The union is expected to present a counter-proposal as soon as Thursday, though Canada's TSN released a response from PA executive director Donald Fehr (at end of this post):

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Lightning's B.J. Crombeen said league proposal a "positive step" but too early to tell if deal coming

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing B.J. Crombeen was blunt when assessing the proposal made by the league that was said to offer a 50-50 split with the players on hockey related revenues.

"We feel that there are some good things in what they propose," said Crombeen, a member of the Players' Association negotiating committee, "but there are also something that don't work at all and don't make a whole lot of sense."

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Tampa Bay Lightning fans plan 2nd lockout protest

A group of dedicated Tampa Bay Lightning fans is planning to protest the NHL lockout with a gathering at 6 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 13) at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the day the Lightning was scheduled to open its season at Florida. It is the second such protest by the group. The first in September drew 17 fans.

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