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Best of the Web: August 4-10

by Missy Zielinski / Tampa Bay Lightning


This week USA Hockey is hosting National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, New York, and a handful of Bolts prospects represented their respective countries in exhibition games.

One such prospect is Saku Salminen, who was drafted in the seventh round (184th overall) by the Lightning in this year’s draft.

You can see a photo of Salminen stretching, or what could be him practicing the worm here.

The NHL also blogged the week in Lake Placid, which wraps up on Saturday when Canada squares off with the U.S. and Sweden faces Finland.

Other prospects that took part in this week’s camp included: Dylan Blujus (USA), Adam Erne (USA), Slater Koekkoek (CAN) and Henri Iknoen (FIN).


Earlier this week NBC Sports Pro Hockey Talk thought it would be interesting to ponder Lightning winger Martin St. Louis’ Hall of Fame credentials by asking the hockey community if St. Louis was on pace to make the Hall of Fame.

The results are in and as of Friday, 709 people voted “yes,” while 63 people voted “no.”

There was also a chance to elaborate on your reasoning, so I included some of those comments below:

jb8588: ”Without Marty, the Bolts are far worse overall for the past decade plus. He’s a true one of a kind player who is a role model for all of the smaller players out there. No doubt about it, Marty is a Hall of Famer.”

jpelle82: “he changed the game for small guys. early on he wasnt scared to get in the tough places and score (a little less now with his age) and little guys like gallagher for mtl are still doing the same thing with no fear and proving it can be done.”

phillyphanatic77: “Don’t get me wrong, St. Louis has had an amazing career. And his size/back story make it that much more unbelievable, but he’s not one of those transcendent players you think about when you hear “Hall of Fame”. He’s a bubble player, who, IMO, isn’t HOF-caliber. He’s just a notch below. Totally different players, but if a generational talent like Lindros can’t get in then idk how to justify St. Louis in the hall. I just can’t mention him in the same breath as players like Sakic, Yzerman, Gretzky, Messier, etc. Even players like Oates and Ron Francis are far superior. No disrespect to Marty.”

With St. Louis just 21 games away from reaching the 1,000 game plateau, it’ll be interesting to see what the 2013-14 season brings for the 15-year NHL veteran.


Last week the Lightning saw B.J. Crombeen added to the Hockey Night in Barrie charity game and this week it was announced that another Bolts teammate, Steven Stamkos, was scheduled to attend.

The Markham, Ontario native will join the Toronto Maple Leafs David Clarkson, Nashville Predators Richard Clune, as well as Gary Roberts, who played briefly with Tampa Bay during the 2008-09 season.

The charity hockey game will be played on August 15 at the Barrie Molson Centre in support of Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.


Seeing a handful of tweens lined-up and holding bejeweled signs Thursday morning was all the indication I needed to come to the conclusion that Justin Bieber was in town as part of his BELIEVE tour at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

What I didn’t expect was that the Bolts' Brett Connolly was a fan of the Canadian sensation too.

Lightning fans were first tipped-off to the “Belieber” when Tyler Johnson retweeted and responded to @TBLightning: “ThunderBug gives a warm welcome to #BieberTB concert goers @tbtimesforum today” (See the picture here).

By asking: “is @bconnolly8 there?”

Fans were then taken for another turn when @bconnolly8 offered this response: “@tjohnny09 you’re the biggest closet bieber fan I have ever seen....”

Well, I guess neither of them are closet Beliebers anymore.

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