New Lightning wing Ryan Malone has agreed to provide a daily update from training camp for Tampabaylightning.com from today until the team departs for Prague next week.
Today we had a good skate for our first day of camp. I thought everything was pretty organized and went smoothly. We split up into two teams and banged through all the testing and blood work. Karri Ramo and I got done with our testing quickly so we kicked a soccer ball around for awhile, something I usually try and do before games with the team to try and kill some time and get ready for the day.
As far as the skate went, I felt good out on the ice. It felt nice to get going full-speed and to put the puck in the back of the net. The coaching staff got their point across on the kind of team they want us to be. They emphasized speed and got us skating as fast as we could. They also made sure we were doing the little things right like having all of our shots hit the net.
Even though I’m still getting to know everyone on the team, the one thing I’ve noticed we all have in common is our passion for the game, so it’s been pretty easy to get along with everyone. It definitely helps to know some familiar faces on the team like Gary (Roberts) and Adam (Hall), who I played with in Pittsburgh last season, but it’s a fresh start for everyone. We’re all even right now so we just have to go out there and earn a spot on the team.
We’ll be hitting the weight-room tomorrow and scrimmaging some more. I’ll check back in after we’re done!