Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Can the Lightning repeat as Stanley Cup champions? Since Dave Andreychuk lifted the Cup over his head at the St. Pete Times Forum in June 2004, the fans and the team are sailing high with an air of pride. But there is not any such thing that has a guarantee, but the only sure thing is that the 2005-06 season will start Oct. 5, and Tampa By is expected to rebound as a formidable team once again. GM Jay Feaster has retained the core of the club that went on to win the Cup in seven games against the Calgary Flames in June 2004. The new additions to the team are backup goalie John Grahame and free-agent Sean Burke. Additions made to the forward unit has made the the Lightning's forwards one of the best groups in the League. The four defensemen who played significant roles in the race to the Cup, Pavel Kubina, Cory Sarich, Dan Boyle and Darryl Sydor are once again the focus of the team. The team’s goaltenders Grahame and Burke are as usual unprecedented. But it is difficult to determine that who is the best between both and who is going to be the No. 1 for opening night!

The skill level up front is excellent and the forwards are most notably dangerous in the opposition's end. The players are experienced and have already proved their excellence. As far the team’s desire to repeat as champs, the motivation is not a big problem.


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