The Lightning don’t play again until Friday night when they take on the division rival Capitals, but that doesn’t mean the organization hasn’t been busy. Lots has been going on in the Bay, so here’s a quick recap of all the main storylines surrounding the team:
-The Lightning has announced a new business model for the organization. Press conferences on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday revealed the details, which include re-branding (both logo and uniforms) and renovations on St. Pete Times Forum.
-On Monday the team also announced that Nate Thompson was signed to a two year contract extension. He is set to be paid $950,000 the first year and $850,000 the second year, giving him a $900,000 cap hit for the next two years.
-Last night the Roloson got his fourth shutout with the Lightning in a 4-0 win over the conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers. Teddy Purcell had two goals in the victory, and the Bolts now sit just two points back from the conference lead.
-Goalie Mike Smith was put on waivers today, hoping to end the three-goalie controversy. We will find out at noon tomorrow if he has another home in the NHL, and if not then it is possible he will be sent back down to the minors for the remainder of the season.
Enjoy the off-day, the delightful rigors of the final stretch of NHL hockey await!