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Planes, trades and automobiles

Tuesday may go down as one of the wackiest travel days in Lightning history.

First, rookie Daymond Langkow missed the team's commercial flight from Tampa to Minneapolis. On the second leg of the trip, from Minneapolis to Edmonton, Drew Bannister found out he had been traded. To cap it off, bad boy Brantt Myhres was detained in customs in Edmonton.

Rather than take the team bus to its hotel here, Myhres _ a Canadian citizen and Edmonton native _ had to stay behind and sort out legal matters with customs agents who demanded that he settle unpaid traffic fines before entering Canada.

Bannister, meanwhile, also was a no-show on the bus. Just after the NHL's 3 p.m. trading deadline, while in the air over Canada, the 22-year-old learned he had just been dealt to, coincidentally, Edmonton. An Oilers team official met him on arrival, and he said his goodbyes to Lightning teammates and coaches in the airport lobby.

And then there is Langkow, who made neither the bus nor the plane. He apparently overslept, and missed the team's 8 a.m. flight. A Lightning official said Langkow, also from the Edmonton area, was expected to catch a later flight and arrive late today, in time to play.

_ TIM BUCKLEY

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