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09-13-2012, 11:55 AM
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Some things to keep in mind as the NHL approaches a Sunday lockout:

>> Lightning forwards Adam Hall and Nate Thompson, goaltender Mathieu Garon and defensemen Marc-Andre Bergeron, Matt Carle and Brian Lee will be part of an expected 250 to 300 NHL players at union meetings today and Thursday in New York. "It's a big gesture from us," Bergeron said. "It shows we're standing behind our union."

>> Expect players such as forwards J.T. Brown, Cory Conacher and Alex Killorn, defensemen Mark Barberio and Radko Gudas and goalies Dustin Tokarski and Riku Helenius to be assigned to AHL Syracuse by 5 p.m. Saturday.

>> Players who must clear waivers to be sent to Syracuse — forwards Mike Angelidis, Pierre-Cedric Labrie and J.T. Wyman, and defensemen Keith Aulie, Evan Oberg and Matt Taormina — likely will be signed to minor-league contracts instead.

>> If there is a lockout, NHL players can't use team locker room or workout facilities or have access to coaches or trainers, though players can rent the rink at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon to continue workouts.

>> A lockout will prohibit teams from promoting or using players at team-sponsored events, though there might be an exception for charity events. It is to be determined whether, as was done during the 2004-05 lockout, player pictures on and around the Tampa Bay Times Forum will be taken down. Either way, expect the coaches and GM Steve Yzerman to get a lot of face time.

>> The Lightning is not expected to issue a policy on ticket refunds until games are cancelled.

"We're getting prepared," Boucher said, "for a normal camp."

Tampa Bay players are supposed to report Sept. 21. But with the NHL threatening a lockout Sunday if a new collective bargaining agreement is not in place, the question is when, or if, camp will begin.

And that has Boucher planning for the abnormal.

"You've got Plan B, Plan C and all of a sudden we're down to D and E," he said. "If it's not normal, at least everything has been done." (...)

"Will we get any exhibition games? Will we not?" Boucher said. "How much practice time? How many guys will we bring in? It's a moving target. You have to keep reacting."

Stamkos on playing in Europe:
"I've made a call to my agent and that's something we've talked about, and we have some options,'' Stamkos said Tuesday following informal on-ice workouts at the Ice Sports Forum. "We'll see what happens, but I'm sure every player around the league has thought about it, talked to other players about it, talked to their agents and families.

"I know that we are thinking about it, it's on our minds but we'll wait to see what happens.''
"I haven't really decided what I wanted to do, I was going to decide if maybe I want to stay in Montreal for a bit or maybe go play somewhere else. ... I'm not sure yet,'' Lecavalier said. Playing in Europe "is an option, but I'm still kind of deciding, it depends on what comes up.''

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