The summer’s offseason is not only an extended opportunity for Lightning players to improve their skills and stay sharp, but it also serves the same purpose for Bolts fans everywhere to get excited about the upcoming season as general manager Steve Yzerman continues to build a perennial Stanley Cup contender.
Between the NHL Awards Ceremony, NHL Entry Draft, Free Agency period and the team’s annual Prospect Camp, there are a myriad of subjects that are worth looking forward to. We put those topics up for discussion in greater detail through an open forum featuring several Lightning off-ice personalities, who gave their respective take on each.
Throughout the summer, TampaBayLightning.com will air eight individual segments of its round table discussion, featuring a distinguished panel of experts including television broadcasting partners Rick Peckham and Bobby “The Chief’ Taylor, former 2004 Lightning Stanley Cup champion Chris Dingman, radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin, and Hockey Hall-of-Famer and Lightning founder Phil Esposito.
Check in to TampaBayLightning.com each week to catch Lightning feature reporter Brittany Zion moderate the panel’s take on a variety of hot topics regarding the Bolts and the NHL.
Hear which current Norfolk Admirals player “Chief” is most excited about and who he expects to make a significant impact throughout the Bolts lineup next season. Fans can also expect to receive perspective on Steven Stamkos’ historical 60-goal season through the eyes of hockey legends Phil Esposito and Wayne Gretzky. Rick Peckham and Dave Mishkin will also lay out their thoughts on the draft and how Yzerman and the Bolts will approach the luxury of having up to six picks through the first two rounds.
Follow the schedule below to tune into all the action as the summer heats up towards the upcoming 2012-13 season:
June 11: 2011-12 Season in Review
June 14: Intriguing Prospects
June 18: Having up to Six Picks in the First Two Rounds of the Draft
June 20: 2012 Off-Season Priorities
June 25: Power Play
June 27: Best/Worst Roadtrip Cities in the League
June 28: Differences in the Game Then and Now
Can't wait for the Lightning Roundtable video series? Click here to go behind-the-scenes in a special "making of" photo gallery!