“All he wants to do is play the game he loves,” says Steven Stamkos’s dad.

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The Bolts

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss whether the Lightning, who have plenty of cap room, will look to fill Steven Stamkos’ void in the lineup via the trade market. [TSN]

Fennelly on Stamkos. “Stamkos chases greatness with unrelenting desire, as both a player and a captain. But things keep getting in his way. Injuries keep stopping him. True, we haven’t had the annual Ben Bishop injury.” [Tampa Bay Times]

Joe Smith’s gamer. [Tampa Bay Times]

Assessing Lightning’s prospects with Stamkos out about 4 months. [Tampa Bay Times]

“Sure it’s frustrating,” Chris Stamkos, Steven’s dad, told Postmedia Thursday afternoon. “This is his second setback in less than a year. But whether it’s three months, four months, whatever, he’ll diligently put in the work. Still, it’s tough. All he wants to do is play the game he loves.” [Winnipeg Sun]

Ummmm. Steve Yzerman is selling his Tampa Bay area mansion. But why? [Realtor.com]

Not that they want to be, but the Lightning are familiar with the challenge of playing without Stamkos. [Fox Sports]

And the team trucks on. “Tampa Bay Lightning Remain a Contender Despite Steven Stamkos’ Injury.” [Bleacher Report]

Killorn leads Lightning to 4-1 win over Sabres. Always a nice headline. (Except that 2nd goal was turned into Kucherov’s but who am I to say anything.) [Associated Press]

The League

The American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) “uses hockey to help athletes with developmental disabilities learn dependability, self-reliance, concentration, willingness to share and personal accountability.” [NHL.com]

“That’s right: on the same day Gostisbehere was named the best pro athlete the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ had to offer in 2016, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol has decided that Gostisbehere needs to take a seat.” [THN]

“Max Domi is certainly carving his own path in the league, one far away from his father’s, despite the flash-back moment a couple weeks ago. He admitted, he probably isn’t where he is today without a father that played the game – even in terms of how to deal with pressures, the fans, the media – but people don’t often bring it up to him.” [Rolling Stone]


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