Mailbag #3 I Like My Goalies Shaken Not Stirred Edition

  Welcome to another edition of the Bolts Jolts mailbag. When asking for questions this week I started to notice a theme. Not surprisingly, the stirring debate of Bishop versus Vasilevskiy has taken over people’s curiosity and now it has taken over the mailbag. I can’t say I blame any of you though; it’s a complicated and important situation in Lightning Land. So sit back, grab an aspirin, and enjoy the musings of...

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Back In Black: The Record of the Third Jersey
Nov26

Back In Black: The Record of the Third Jersey

Two and a quarter seasons ago, Tampa Bay unveiled their redesigned third jerseys. The new look alternates were like the previous iteration with the ‘BOLTS’ scrolled down the chest. The main difference was telling in the slogan; “back in black”. The color scheme was changed from a dark blue to a black. Harkening back to the days when the Lightning wore black as their home (and earlier their road) color rather than the blue they are...

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How Todd Richards Is Getting Tampa Bay’s Groove Back Part 2
Nov15

How Todd Richards Is Getting Tampa Bay’s Groove Back Part 2

In the first part of this series we started the conversation about how Todd Richards is transforming the Tampa Bay power play from a clock waster to a bonafide weapon of choice. We focused on one of the more important aspects of a great power play, the zone entries. More specifically one of the new additions to the arsenal, the double trailer drop pass controlled entry.  Now let’s move forward to one of the many tactics Tampa...

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Mailbag #2 Second Edition

Welcome to the second edition of the Bolts Jolts Mailbag. Where we take questions that we forced you to ask, turn them inside out, and end up with answers that have no relevance to said questions. This week we have a good range of questions with topics including jerseys, god parents, and trades. So enough with the fluff, lets get to it. When I got this question I was literally in the middle of writing this piece about how consistently...

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Consistently Inconsistent: Tampa Bay’s Season Thus Far
Nov13

Consistently Inconsistent: Tampa Bay’s Season Thus Far

The Lightning closed out their fifteenth game of the season last night. With their sixth regulation loss. Sure, being 8-6-1 after only about 18% of the season being played isnt the end of the world. However Tampa Bay had extremely high expectations coming into this season. A majority of the pundits, analysts, and fans alike had them returning to the Cup Final, and most included them winning it all as well. So after what can only be...

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