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Did the Lightning really leave a paper detailing its draft strategy in a Buffalo hotel lobby?

A picture of what is likely a sheet of paper showing the Lightning's draft strategy was first shared on Twitter Friday. (Twitter)

A picture of what is likely a sheet of paper showing the Lightning's draft strategy was first shared on Twitter Friday. (Twitter)

It looks like the Tampa Bay Lightning may have left a bit of its draft strategy behind in Buffalo last weekend.

A piece of paper allegedly detailing the team's strategy for possibly trading draft picks started making rounds on the internet after a hockey fan put it on Twitter. The user said a friend found it in a hotel lobby.

The team said Tuesday it would not be commenting on the ordeal. So, one could argue the paper may not be legit — but the Lightning's own Twitter handle reached out to the original poster, @todd_vic, and asked him to take the picture down.

(The team also owns the draft picks referenced on the sheet.)

The team messaged "Todd" on Friday and asked if he would call them, according to a screen shot of the conversation posted to his Twitter account.

He explained he didn't have the sheet and a friend found it. The team then went on to ask if he and his friends would take the picture down and stop sharing it.

Todd's response? Sure, as long as Stamkos signed with the Sabres.

Hey, a Sabres fan at least has to try, right?

Soon after, he said he was kidding and agreed to remove the photo. The Lightning even promised to send him some Bolts swag as a thank you, according to the screen shots.

But it was too late. On Tuesday, the photo was still being shared on social media and Reddit. Plenty of people had screen-grabbed it.

It may not matter so much now that draft is over, but it does give insight into how the team's management assigns value when looking over potential trades.

Todd seemed to enjoy his 15 minutes of fame based on his Twitter feed, but he was wasn't immediately available for an interview Tuesday.

Contact Sara DiNatale at [email protected] or (727) 893-8862. Follow @sara_dinatale.

Did the Lightning really leave a paper detailing its draft strategy in a Buffalo hotel lobby? 06/28/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:29pm]
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