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Nuts & Bolts

Lightning Nuts and Bolts

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RW Ryan Callahan

Something you always will keep: My stick from my first NHL game.

Skill you wish you had: A better golf game.

Late-night snack: I'm a chips guy.

Favorite city in which to play: It's always great to go to Chicago. The national anthem there is always special.

Celebrity crush growing up: Jennifer Aniston.

Taking ownership

The decision to trade Marty St. Louis did not happen in a vacuum. Owner Jeff Vinik was there every step of the way with GM Steve Yzerman.

"Obviously, this kind of item the owner is involved in," Vinik said. "Steve and I talked about it and tried to figure out how can we get Marty to finish his career here."

Vinik said there was "a little sadness and disappointment" about the situation, and it didn't fully hit him that the team would lose St. Louis until "about noon (Wednesday), when the trade went through."

Even so, Vinik said, "I'm a pretty level-headed guy and so is Steve Yzerman. So play the cards as they come out of the deck. We are fixated on one goal, and that's for the Tampa Bay Lightning to be one of the best teams in the NHL year in and year out and to win the Stanley Cup."

That's the ticket

A "handful" of fans canceled season tickets to protest the St. Louis trade, Vinik said. But he also said Thursday was the best day in terms of season-ticket renewals since notices went out last month.

Puppy love

It was inevitable, RW Richard Panik said, that when he left the Olympic village in Sochi, Russia, to visit his girlfriend, he would be followed by several dogs.

When the Olympic park was built, homes were condemned, families were relocated and pets were left behind.

"I saw a lot of dogs," said Panik, who played for Slovakia. "They weren't aggressive; just kind of homeless. It was sad."

Blues captain David Backes, who played for the United States, even brought a dog home. That was not a consideration for Panik.

"They just followed you," he said. "They wanted food."

Number of the day

$60 Average price of a Lightning ticket on the secondary market, 25th among the 30 NHL teams, according to vividseats.com.

Quote to note

"He's a pretty remarkable kid. He's had some innate ability to rise to every challenge. I guarantee you a lot of doctors suspected he would never be able to come back this year."

Coach Jon Cooper on the return of captain Steven Stamkos (right) four months after breaking his right leg

Lightning Nuts and Bolts 03/08/14 [Last modified: Sunday, March 9, 2014 8:09am]
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