The Tampa Bay Lightning have been a doormat for most other teams in the NHL for too many years now. But head coach Rick Tocchet is bound and determined to change that image. Since their triumphant Stanley Cup victory in the 2003-2004 season, this team has been picked apart from goaltending to defensemen to forwards. The rebuilding process has been a long and arduous task that has seen its fair share of ups and downs. Ownership changes, coaching changes, and poor free agent acquisitions have led to the Lightning failing to put anything that would resemble a winning product on the ice every night. But this year it seems just a bit different. The players have seemed to buy into Tocchet's ideas and have adjusted accordingly. It does not help that their first pick in the draft this year, Victor ...
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