Let tampabaylightning.com become your destination for all the latest Lightning scoops. The Lightning Insider will be in the stands, in the locker room and on the road with the team to provide you with an inside look at the Bolts as they pursue Lord Stanley’s hardware. Our resident snoop will make sure you’re the first to know when the Lightning are making news.
Have a question or comment for The Insider? Send me an email at Insider@tampabaylightning.com
I’ll start off with a little breaking news today. We have some player “comings and goings,” with forward David Koci heading out the door and forward Matt Pettinger joining the organization. Koci was claimed off waivers by St. Louis today, while Pettinger was picked up off re-entry waivers from Vancouver. According to executive vice president of hockey operations, Pettinger will likely arrive in Tampa tonight and start skating with the team immediately.
Koci, a true good guy and one tough young man, had one of the shortest Lightning careers in history, playing all of 41 seconds (and taking two penalties) Saturday night against Minnesota. An hour before St. Louis claimed Koci, head coach Barry Melrose had made it clear to the media that it was a business decision to put him on waivers and he hoped he wouldn’t be claimed.
“He’s done everything we’ve asked of him,” Melrose said.
Pettinger, a second-round pick by the Capitals in 2000, had a couple of good seasons in Washington in 2005-06 and 2006-07 before being traded to Vancouver last season.
Olaf Kolzig unveiled his new SAW V mask at the skate this morning, much like Mike Smith did Saturday night. Smith gets the nod again tonight following his shutout performance against the Wild.
Asked about the team’s lack of success despite playing well recently, Melrose said he firmly believes the team is going to get hot.
“You've got to believe in your talent,” he said. “You’ve got to have faith that those guys are going to put the puck in the net.”