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  • 26 Apr
    In almost every NHL city, hockeys offseason is over and fans are looking at the calendar, waiting for the 2016-17 season to begin. But in Tampa Bay, there are lingering questions that could affect confidence that the Lightning will reach a third straight appearance in the Eastern Conference finals -- or beyond.The Lightning came within one game of reaching the Stanley Cup finals in 2015-16, and thats while playing nearly the entire playoffs without superstar Steven Stamkos.General manager Steve Yzerman surprised many pundits by convincing Stamkos to remain in Tampa Bay at a reasonable price, as the former 60-goal scorer inked an eight-year contract with an $8.5 million average annual cap hit. He also extended franchise defenseman Victor Hedman, and re-signed young goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy and solid middle-six forward Alex Killorn.Outside of the re-signings, Yzerman has been pretty quiet. With a Cup-worthy roster and salary cap pushed to the max, there wasnt a lot the Lightning could do in terms of the free agent market. Plus, they have a number of promising prospects who could make an impact soon, such as Slater Koekkoek, Adam Erne and Brayden Point -- in addition to Jonathan Drouin, who is seemingly back in everyones good graces. There wasnt much reason to overpay on the free agent market.Before we crown the Lightning as the team to represent the East in the 2017 Stanley Cup finals, there are three major questions to be answered by Yzerman and the Lightning staff. Cheap Nike Baseball Jerseys . In what the team had called a retirement, Ryan said Thursday that he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month. Stitched Nike MLB Jerseys . "Four now," Carl Gunnarsson told the Leaf Report proudly following a 5-2 victory over New York on Tuesday night, the clubs fifth straight at home. http://www.cheapmlbjerseysfastshipping.com/ . The Nashville Predators were glad their captain was still on their side. Weber had a goal and two assists, and Roman Josi scored the shootout winner to lift the Predators to a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Thursday night. Authentic Nike MLB Jerseys Outlet . President of baseball operations Larry Beinfest was fired Friday after 12 years with the Marlins. The move came as the team neared the end of its third consecutive last-place season in the NL East. Cheap Nike MLB Jerseys Online . They reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in five games, bested the visiting Trail Blazers by 34 in the paint and scored 19 of the final 25 points in regulation.PARIS -- Nikolay Davydenko will skip Wimbledon for the first time since his debut at the All England Club in 2002. The Russian made the announcement after ending a five-match losing run by defeating Florent Serra 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 in the first round at the French Open on Tuesday. Davydenko says "I dont think Ill play on grass" as "I prepare for four more tournaments on clay afteer Wimbledon.dddddddddddd." The 48th-ranked Russian, who is making his 12th appearance at Roland Garros, hasnt had much success on grass. His best showing at Wimbledon was reaching the fourth round in 2007, and he lost in the first round the past two years. Davydenko reached the semifinals of the French Open in 2005 and 2007. He next faces Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan. ' ' '