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Lightning Launch to kickoff season for fans, players alike

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning

For Ryan Malone, the Lightning Launch event happening tonight at the St. Pete Times Forum serves two purposes.

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Not only did the Bolts winger express his excitement about the show serving as the official kickoff party of the regular season, but also added that this year’s edition brings back some pretty special memories.

Malone, admittedly, is a huge fan of the Steve Miller Band, who will headline the event tonight following player introductions beginning at 7 p.m. So much, in fact, that he had the group’s famous tune “Take The Money And Run” pumping loud through the speakers of the locker room this morning at the team’s practice facility in Brandon.

“There would be days back in Minnesota where me and a few buddies would crank it through the speakers while we were hanging out at the lake,” Malone recalled. “Those were some pretty fond memories.”

The show tonight will be extra special for Malone, as it will be too for Dwayne Roloson, neither of which has seen the band live in concert.

Roloson recalls always having been a fan of the musical group, and in fact while in school, used to listen to the band while studying.

“They’re great,” Roloson said. “I think they’re an amazing band and I’m excited to see them perform tonight.”

Player introductions begin tonight at 7 p.m., while the concert is set to get started at 8 p.m.

ROSTER SET: The Lightning assigned center Dana Tyrell to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. The move, coupled with defenseman Mattias Ohlund starting the season on Injured Reserve, gives the Bolts their final 23-man roster to start the season.

MOORE UPDATE: Lightning center Dominic Moore participated in the first half of the team’s practice today before watching the remainder of the session in street clothes from high above the ice. Head coach Guy Boucher said that Moore, who has been nagged by soreness in his back, would probably be ready to play on Friday in the season opener at Carolina, providing the remainder of the week goes well. Moore had an MRI on his back on Monday, which fortunately revealed no structural damage.

POWER PLAY IN PROGRESS: The Lightning did not practice the power play at Tuesday’s practice, but one thing is for sure: it’s not where head coach Guy Boucher wants it to be. Boucher has experimented with a number of different combinations of players and said that the constant shuffle has led to some different things he’d be interested in doing throughout the season, but for now is likely to take some more time to get it just right.

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