The Tampa Bay Lightning, now with every member of the team back in town, took to the ice for a fourth consecutive day on Thursday to hold informal on-ice workouts and practice.
As opposed to previous days this week, head coach Guy Boucher was present, although not on the ice, but rather looking on from up top to catch a glimpse of how things are looking. Boucher technically cannot contact or interact with players until the Collective Bargaining Agreement has been ratified.
Anyways, here are the highlights from Thursday morning:
LOOKING FOR LINDBACK
Goaltender Anders Lindback did not skate on Wednesday, but was on the ice briefly on Thursday morning and even saw a few shots against on goal before retreating inside the locker room and heading to the gym.
If anything, the display was just a precautionary measure, as Lindback reiterated he has no pain in his right knee and is just taking things slowly. He is expected to be back on the ice on Friday, but gave no indication of how long.
TAKING THE LEAD
BJ Crombeen appeared to be taking more of a leadership role out on the ice on Thursday, as he was leading many of the team’s drills, a responsibility that in days past has been taken on by either Martin St. Louis or Steven Stamkos.
Crombeen really didn’t make much of it, but offered this:
Lightning forwards kept goaltender Mathieu Garon busy inbetween the pipes in Brandon Thursday.
“Really I’m just trying to get myself to feel more and more comfortable out there with the guys,” Crombeen said. “I think it will make it easier on myself next week when camp starts to get going. It’ll be important to start off on the right foot.”
Crombeen, who is new to the team after coming over in a trade from the St. Louis Blues over the summer, said that the few weeks prior to the lockout allowed him to get to better know some of his teammates, and that in terms of getting himself acclimated to a new environment, “things are going pretty well.”
WHO IS THIS GUY?
Fans attending informal practices in Brandon this week may have been wondering who the goaltender is dressed in black that is often facing shots against the Bolts players.
His name is Nick Sullivan, and he is in no official capacity with the team. Rather, he is the friend of a team employee who is often asked to fill in for practices and such. Word is that Sullivan played goaltender for the USF club ice hockey team, but has since graduated.
In all honesty, the guy holds his own out there and makes some nice saves, some of which even draw the occasional applause of the fans in attendance.