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Hi Guest,

Just a note to point out our TBP-initiated drive to raise funds for the Bulls Football IPF - doing our share, and more.  Please consider donating at least $23 to the effort, and passing on to others as well.  You can read more about the project at the link above.  

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Go Bulls!

Thank you,

Brad Brad

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  1. In fairness, if we took your gift and the gifts of others I know on this board that may not have participated in this drive we would be well over the $10,000 threshold. Thank for the clarification. I definitely missed the sarcasm in your post.
  2. I remember their fans' displeasure with Dabo during and after the Bowl game. It was interesting listening to them walking out of the stadium.
  3. Why would they buy out of a home game?
  4. It will be interesting to see if he is there for any of the 3 games that we're playing against them.
  5. I found the other article here https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/the-lightning-are-nearly-perfect-but-one-addition-could-put-tampa-bay-over-the-top
  6. Those seats are first available to renewing season ticket members who are interested in making changes to their seating location and/or ticket quantity. Those who place a seat deposit will be contacted right after we relocate and/or add tickets to the renewing account members, so there is a big benefit to placing the seat deposit.
  7. One of those wins was in OT in a format that's not even used in the playoffs, so I look at the as an even game (BTW, I severely dislike OT format in the regular season). Yes, it is 20/20 hindsight. I did find one of The Hockey New's articles I was looking for here https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/buy-sell-or-stand-what-should-each-team-do-with-the-deadline-approaching , which stated that the Lightning should be buyers at the trade deadline even though it seemed "inconceivable". There is another article I am looking for that was written after this and pretty much mentioned that they needed to shore up their D. Nothing wrong with having a difference of opinion on this. I'm just glad for all of the hockey talk.
  8. They are certainly a top team in the league and there are plenty of pieces in place to make a run at the Stanley Cup for the next couple of seasons. I worry that they are heading down the path that Blackhawks are currently on and the path that the Penguins are seemingly on as well. They have too much money tied up in a few players with others who deserve a big payday (Point this off season and Vasy after the 2019-2020 season) BriseBois has some very difficult decisions to make in the next 2 off seasons with the way the Lightning will be up against the Salary Cap. I can't see Girardi, Stralman, and Coburn coming back because they won't be worth what they are asking for on new contracts and their also getting up there in age. If they plan to keep Point, then they will have to trade a decent forward or 2, but they can get a a good return of young players and draft picks. Vasy and Domingue are free agents after the 2019-2020 season, with Vasy being a restricted free agent. If they can somehow trade Callahan, then that frees up $5.8 million in cap space, but I cannot think there is a team that wants him for 1 year at that price, so the Lightning may have to buy him out, which costs them some $$ against the cap.
  9. There were some goals, especially in Game 1, where he was not screened and they beat him stick side. Agree about the lack of aggressive play by the Lightning D. Columbus was the better team in the series without question, mainly because of their heart and sound play.
  10. I will have Scott call you, as I see he is your rep.
  11. Yes, you can utilize the payment plan
  12. Because recent history suggests that teams who are ahead of everyone else in points still upgrade their team for the playoffs. I will go back and try to find an article written in The Hockey News about why the Lightning should be buyers at the trade deadline. They mentioned depth, mainly at D, in case someone was injured and that Dan Girardi was a weak link (which he is (and that pains me to say because he was one of my favorite players while on the Rangers)) to that D group. Losing Hedman was a big blow and you could tell he wasn't anywhere near 100% in Game 1 after Columbus burned him on their 2nd and 3rd goals. There were tests during the season and the Lightning passed just about every single one. That test on 3/30 was a big F and should have opened everyone's eyes as to how vulnerable they actually were. Was it too easy for them because of the division that they play in? The Atlantic Division had 3 of the worst teams in the league and the Lightning feasted on them during the regular season. I give Columbus all the credit. Great game plan, tremendous effort and heart, and they did a good job of staying out of the penalty box. They also found a weak spot on Vasy and they exploited that pretty well. I'm not putting all the blame on BriseBois. I stated that he should take the majority of it. Cooper made some questionable decisions. There were some players who certainly didn't show up that also have to shoulder some blame.
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