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01-10-2013, 06:35 PM
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Lightning GM Yzerman said Syracuse players to Tampa camp to be announced after Sat. Crunch game. Said no players to be scratched in advance.
The Lightning will skate Sunday and Monday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum and then move to Germain Arena in Estero for workouts Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Camp ends with a Jan. 18 practice at the Times Forum.

All practices are free and open to the public, though times have not been announced. Activities include a FanFest-type event on Sunday, and a Jan. 18 free lunch, courtesy of the team.

The decision to move camp to Estero — home of Tampa Bay's ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades — is not without worry it will alienate fans grumpy over the 113-day lockout. But W Marty St. Louis said a short camp heightens the need for team bonding and called the move "the right thing to do."

"We're trying to do what's best for the team to get as much success as early on as we can," St. Louis said. "That's one way to give back to the fans, getting wins. At the end of the day, I think they'll understand that."
GM Steve Yzerman said fewer than 30 players will be in camp.

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