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Lightning season ticket deal selling fast (plus a couple of other notes)

Posted Aug 8, 2008 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Aug 8, 2008 at 06:39 PM

I didn’t think much about this when it was announced last week, but apparatley the $6.20 per game season ticket package is flying off the racks, so to speak. As of Wednesday, the 300-level season-ticket deal, offered here had sold over 650 tickets. I’m not sure how many are left, but I would have to think that there’s not many left.

So, expect to hear another deal coming soon that offers a full-season package for $1,599 to sit in the lower level south end zone. That averages out to $39 per game for lower bowl tickets. At this rate, getting into the building the hockey season might be a bit difficult to pull off if you are hoping to pick and choose single-game seats.

You have to be impressed with how the team has generated a serious buzz for the upcoming season, and by the reaction, a lot of you guys are pumped for it as well.

A couple of other notes I wanted to be sure and pass along:

* Many have asked about training camp, and I don’t have a ton of information at this point as the subject is starting to be discussed internally right now. But the starting date is Sept. 16, which is a Tuesday. Not sure if it’s going to be in Brandon this year. With everything so tight, sounds like the idea right now is to hold it at the St. Pete Times Forum with dates for the public still being discussed. Doesn’t sound like there are going to be scrimmages involved as four days after camp opens, the team will head to Pittsburgh for a preseason game. Obviously when I get more details, I’ll pass them along.

* It sounds like there will be an IceFest celebration, like they had last year when the new uniforms were unveiled, and Sept. 21 appears to be the date that is targeted right now to be held at the St. Pete Times Forum.

* Not sure if anybody caught this in the preseason ticket sale post, but a possible sixth preseason game is in the works for when the team is in Europe to get ready for the start of the season. Sounds like Slovakia might be the area the team head for, but that’s more of an informed speculation right now.

* And finally, all that talk of Tampa Bay possible being interested in trading for Bryan McCabe, it’s not happening. While the Lightning continue to seek out a trade or two to find a veteran defenseman in some capacity who can not only act as a mentor, but also provide some quality minutes in a stay-at-home type of role. McCabe doesn’t fit that bill at all, and a well placed source informed me that McCabe is not on the team’s short list of targets.

Reader Comments

Por (Jim- NJ) on August 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

thanks for letting us know about McCabe earlier.  First I had heard of it.

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Por (berlin) on August 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Should bring back Cullimore.He shouldn’t cost much.

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Por (Nancy Pacini) on August 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

You know, Cullimore is not a bad idea.  He may be slow, but he’s definitely a solid stay-at-home guy, and he was +21 on a pretty crummy Panthers team last year.  We still need to dump some salary and open up some roster spots, but I’d be happy to trade some of the excess forwards for picks.

Erik, thanks for all the good info!

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Por (Leanmean43) on August 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I think the bolts are going to trade Jussi Jokinen to Nashville for Greg Devries.  Nashville needs a forward after Radulov went to Russia and the Bolt are looking for a veteran d-man. I think this is the most likely trade I’ve heard of so far.

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Por (Mike Joyce) on August 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Cullimore was good in his day, but he’s also getting older with the innate slowness.  Surely, there are better deals out there that we can work with the excess of forward talent that we are blessed with.

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Por (Mark) on August 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)


Can you possibly identify some names of target on defense or defence? I’m very interested about this situation because I think we still need that solid veteran leader guy. I suppose we’ll see how this plays out…

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Por (Randall Buschmann) on August 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I would hate for McCabe to come to Tampa…I’m glad your well placed source cleared up any possibility of this happening! I’d love for us to swing a trade to get Dan Hamhuis from Nashville, but if its Nashville we deal with I think Greg de Vries would be heading here…I wonder if Bret Hedican, Nolan Pratt or Rhett Warrener are possibilities?

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Por (Vickie) on August 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I think that ICEFEST should be held on September 13th when all the players are coming into town.
Forgot to mention this before but i actually talked to Brian Lawton about how the Red-carpet all access pre-season went down last year and recommended to him we should have another one.

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Por (Andy M.) on August 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Darius Kasparaitis could be had for NOTHING as a UFA. He was waived by the NYR in 2006-07 for being out of shape and I think he was going through a divorce too, and went to AHL Hartford. The following year he rededicated himself and was said to be in the best shape of his career but the Rangers waived him again b/c of cap issues not his play he was making like 3+M   and he was loaned last year to St. Petersburg of the RSL

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