2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning Immortalized

    By Jim Bleyer Former hedge fund manager turned sports franchise owner Jeff Vinik continues to ply his trade in stocks: laughing ones. Vinik’s Tampa Bay Lightning, overwhelming 9-5 favorites at the outset of the recently-concluded National Hockey League playoffs, continue to be the butt of standup jokes and …

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The Definition of Insanity: Vinik and BriseBois

      By Jim Bleyer Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik doubled down on retaining Jon Cooper, his underachieving head coach. The former hedge fund manager and would-be developer supported Cooper in the wake of the most historic collapse in the history of North American professional sports.  The Lightning, …

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Did Vinik Veto Yzerman’s Plan to Ditch Cooper?

    By Jim Bleyer The sudden departure of Tampa Bay Lightning’s General Manager Steve Yzerman only three weeks before the National Hockey League’s 2018-19 season was the subject of much speculation with no definitive answer. At the time, observers focused on possible Yzerman health problems or his wearying of …

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More Playoff Coop Poop as Bolts Drop Deuce in Own Crib

      By Jim Bleyer The Tampa Bay Lightning four days ago were overwhelming favorites to win hockey’s cherished Stanley Cup. Not anymore. The eighth and last seed Columbus Blue Jackets blew the doors off the Lightning in the last five periods of hockey and lead 2-0 in the …

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Lightning’s Key to the Cup Stands behind the Bench

  By Jim Bleyer The Tampa Bay Lightning possess the most talented roster in the National Hockey League. By far. The Lightning have the NHL’s best goaltender, even the best backup goalie.  Victor Hedman is one of the top three defensemen in the NHL.  Four rolling forward lines with some …

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The Case for Firing Jon Cooper

By Jim Bleyer Yeah, I know, the body isn’t even cold. But the Tampa Bay Lightning’s loss in the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday to a clearly inferior group of skaters is a call for immediate action. The blame for the latest deep playoff failure falls squarely at the feet of …

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