During the scrimmage Denis was the most impressive by far. He stoned Marty twice on two very good scoring chances. He was not however very impressive during drills and looked very frustrated to me. But during the scrimmage, he was definately the man. Very sharp. Ramo would have been my second choice today, he has an awesome blocker. Homer just looked okay to me. I was amazed at how hard Marty works, he runs circles around everyone. Richie looked relaxed and sharp as did Vinny4. Dan Boyle was uninvolved IMO. And I swear Smaby was about to die during laps. Poor boy.
Tortorella said the first cuts will be made after Saturday’s preseason game against Washington, and while he hadn’t discussed it with Bolts GM Jay Feaster yet, he’s hoping to trim the current 33-man roster to 25 or 26.
According to the press release there will be giveaways, including Lecavalier “Rocket” Richard posters on the 19th and pink t-shirts for the first 2,500 ladies on the 24th, and a contest giving fans a chance to party with Dan Boyle.
Team white pulled out a win today.. 2-1... The game was a little more lively today... Holmer didn't look as sharp to me as he has been... Denis and Ramo looked good in the game... though Denis got smoked in some of the drills they were doing with Marty/Vinny's group..and he dropped the f-word a few times.... You can sure tell new asst. couch has some Boston roots... he was talking to the guys during a drill and he said "yous guys gotta" made me laugh...
Finally, a winner. After two consecutive days of 1-1 results, Team White rallied to post a 2-1 victory Monday morning for the first victory by either team through three days of scrimmages.
Vinny Prospal scored for Team Black while Chris Gratton and Jason Ward picked up the goals for Team White.
Sounds nerdy or weird or whatever, but Ramo's Vaughn V3's look awesome (best pad design I've seen in years), I'm glad Holmer kept his circular Sherwood pads as that's an awesome design as well. I'm still out on Denis's new look. It has a ton more black and blue than his 06-07 look.
Remember "Good is the Enemy of Great,'' the words of wisdom posted by coach John Tortorella during the 2003-04 Stanley Cup season? How about "Details of Discipline, Discipline of Details in 2005-06, or last season's "Reteach, Rebuild, Recreate"?
Well, the 2007-08 model has been posted in the Lightning locker room at the Ice Sports Forum. It is as follows: You are what you think you are. You become what you believe you will become. We are a good team. We will become a great team.''
Vincent Lecavalier 4
Michel Ouellet 7
Norm Milley 14
Jason Ward 16
Jan Hlavac 17
Brad Richards 19
Vaclav Prospal 20
Mathieu Darche 21
Andreas Karlsson 24
Martin St. Louis 26
Craig MacDonald 29
Ryan Craig 34
Andre Roy 36
Kyle Wanvig 46
Blair Jones 49
Karl Stewart 61
Nick Tarnasky 74
Chris Gratton 77
Dan Jancevski 2
Doug Janik 3
Dan Boyle 22
Matt Smaby 32
Bryce Lampman 33
Brad Lukowich 37
Jay Leach 38
Mike Lundin 39
David Schneider 45
Paul Ranger 54
Shane O'Brien 55
Filip Kuba 71
Marc Denis 30
Karri Ramo 31
Johan Holmqvist 40
Hope that's what you were asking for..
Last edited by Kristia: 09-18-2007 at 01:48 PM.
Reason: added Schneiders #
Alot went on in camp today.... Hlavac didn't play in the scrimmage game..guess he is still hurt from the puck to the foot yesterday... Vinny has a cold or sore throat at the very least...he was wearing his turtle neck and the trainer brought him out some chloraseptic spray for his throat... Team white showed up to play today ...and won 3-0...Holmer was NOT sharp at all.....Denis and Ramo looked solid... Brad Richards line with Ouellet and Karlsson looked really good..
The biggest excitment happened at with 1:09 left in the scrimmage game...As Roy came on to the ice Darche hit him and he fell backwards and the door was still open and his back hit right on the frame...he hit the ice in pain....Torts called an end to the game...Roy laid on the ice with the trainers checking him out... He left the ice on his own but was in alot of pain...he didn't do the drills today....He did come out and talk to the media after practice and said he had a bruised tailbone...
I'm in a small minority that would rather see Ramo weened into the job here as he is the only truly dominant goaltender we have on the ice right now. Denis and Holmqvist to me are serviceable 1B type guys that have proven over their careers to not be the guy that will take any team over the top, neither are the type of goaltender like a Khabibulin was for us in the Cup run. Theres a small window from here out to win the Cup I think and wasting another year on these two (Holmer, Denis or Denis, Holmer) is an unwise decision.
I think Pete at BoltProspects made an excellent argument for Ramo and against keeping these two, but if it is what happens, I hope that Denis does decide to come out and play above his head fro an entire season and not just in Training Camp. One of them would definitely have to step up and be top-15 in the league for this team to make that serious run this year...I do really hope they do it as I kind of enjoyed all the Stanley Cup games I went to
Training camp last year ....Denis came in and looked like total **** in camp then played like **** all season... This training camp he has looked sharp and on his game..sooooooo hopefully that will carry over into the regular season.... Holmer has not looked good the past few days, but with him who knows.. Ramo has also looked sharp and is playing like he belongs here..
To me if we have 3 fighting for the number one with ALL of them playing like number ones ....more power to them.. I just don't want to go thru another season losing games because our goaltender can't stop a beach ball..