While issues are going slowly within the NHL, we are able to a minimum of ensure that Tampa Bay Lightning’s Amalie Arena will see some common season action in close to future. It’s not going to be the NHL’s common season, however the NBA’s one. As it was reported yesterday the Toronto Raptors’ request to play of their hometown was denied by the Canadian authorities, that means that the Raptors wanted one other dwelling for the upcoming 2020-21 season. Eventually Tampa was chosen as their location, beating Nashville and Fort Lauderdale as different finalists. Nearness to the Miami Heat and the wealthy infrastructure in Tampa have been the principle elements within the Raptors’ closing choice.
The Raptors are anticipated to maintain their coaching camp at Saint Leo University in Florida earlier than the brand new season begins on December 22. The Raptors are nonetheless hopeful that the restrictions shall be lifted by the All-Star break from March 5–10 and so they may return dwelling.
We’ve already reported that Tampa Bay is nonetheless within the race for being one of many NHL’s bubbles for the subsequent season. Having one other skilled workforce on the similar facility will doubtless complicate the logistic state of affairs at Amalie Arena. Hopefully within the subsequent weeks we are going to hear extra particulars from the NHL on the 2020-21 season. Meanwhile the Lightning’s captain Steven Stamkos already appears enthusiastic about new neighbors.
Amalie Arena have already hosted massive basketball occasions – final time it was the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four.
Andrei Vasilevskiy’s agent Dan Milstein posted a video of latest goaltender’s masks for the subsequent season. It’s now included the picture of Vasilevskiy lifting the Stanley Cup.
This week the Athletic held a Lightning fan survey, asking folks about their wage cap crunch, their favourite second from the Stanley Cup run, and so forth. One of the questions was “Who modified your opinion essentially the most in playoffs“. Apparently it was Jon Cooper who gained this class. So lengthy, hearth Coop squad? [The Athletic, paid content]
As one fan wrote of Cooper: “I at all times believed he was a great coach, however we at all times got here up quick. I had questioned whether or not extending him prior to final yr’s playoffs was a smart transfer provided that we at all times got here up quick (CBJ sequence apart). Obviously, we lastly overcame the hump and made it to the promised land with the Cup win. I admit a few of it was unhealthy luck previously, however in some unspecified time in the future, you had to get it executed or transfer on. Thankfully, we did simply that.”
Said one other: “Last yr’s playoffs, I didn’t assume Coop was able to adapting, as a result of he didn’t, however this yr modified my thoughts.”
Sammy Walker has scored his first objective of the season within the NCAA, he has presently two factors in two video games.