Estero, Florida (News-Press) -- With beach volleyball, golfing and yoga at the Ritz Carlton wrappedaround four hockey practices while in Southwest Florida, Tampa BayLightning players and coaches feel they accomplished their goals of teambonding as well as good workouts and learning coach Guy Boucher'ssystems.
"We had three goals and we metthem," said Boucher of the team's preseason camp at Germain Arena thatended Thursday. "Look who's making the team, getting in game shape anddeveloping chemistry. We did everything we wanted to do."
"Iwish we could do this all the time," star forward Steven Stamkos added."It's a way for guys to get closer to each other and have fun. We knowwhen we come to the rink, we have work to do. But there's also funactivities."
Couldthis lead to more Lightning training camps in Estero, home of the minor league hockey team the Florida Evernblades? Boucher smiled andsaid he didn't want to put any pressure on general manager SteveYzerman.
"But Ilove it," he said. "It's a great environment, the hotel we're at, thepeople we know are here with it being an East Coast League affiliate.Home is great but when we're not home, it's a great place to be, itdefinitely is."
Everblades president and general manager Craig Brush said he andYzerman will talk more about that possibility in the next month.
"Theygotta want to do it," he said. "It also has to fit into our schedule.We have Disney On Ice in September. There's all sorts of details. If wecould, we would. The fans loved it, no question."
About300 fans per day attended the workouts. Brush's staff handed out twofree vouchers to any Everblades game Thursday to each fan who attended.
LIGHTNING MAKE CUTS: Former Florida Everblade Mike Angelidis was among players cut by Tampa Bay on Thursday.
The Lightning will carry 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.
Amongthe last two players who made the team were forwards Cory Conacher andPierre-Cedric Labrie. They played at Norfolk and Syracuse the past twoseasons.
LEAVINGHEALTH: Another thing the Lightning positively had happen in trainingcamp was no injuries to their core that will keep them out of Game 1.
"That's one thing in training camp, guys pull something," Boucher said.
"Yeah, it's a relief, a major relief."