2009 preview: Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning is one of those teams that always seems to have more people talking about their off-ice issues than their on-ice issues.

Ownership issues, low attendance numbers, hiring and firing head coaches, etc.

The most successful teams are the ones that are most stable throughout the organization. The Lightning would be smart to learn this.

Story of the season:Will the Playstation type of dealing work for this team? Last year, the Lightning majorly overhauled their roster in an effort to get better. It didn’t work. Since then, they have overhauled their roster again. Will it work? Probably not.

Former Habs: Alex Tanguay, Vincent Lecavalier (oops, that’s in the category, Future Habs).

Blog to follow: Raw Charge

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Pool Picks:Steven Stamkos. After a very slow start, Stamkos recovered to score 46 points in 79 games. He’ll be playing with higher-talent wingers this season, so look for him to get about 60 points. Stay away from: Ryan Malone. He’s only cracked 50 points in a season once, and that was with the Penguins a few years ago. Look for him to finish somewhere around 40 points.

Award nominees:Vincent Lecavalier for the Rocket Richard trophy

Expected Finish: Fourth in the Southeast, 13th in the east

Cheerleader: One the of Lightning girls cleans the ice.

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