This is probably one of the worst points in the offseason to be at for hockey fans. We’re still over a month away from the World Cup of Hockey and from training camps opening up. We’re two months from the NHL season starting. The free agency frenzy is over and only a few teams, the Tampa Bay Lightning included, have restricted free agents left to sign.
At least if you’re a fan of other sports, you have NFL and NCAA football training camps opening up. Baseball is still going, unless you’re a Rays fan and well, yeah. European soccer leagues are about to start up. You have the Olympics for another week or so. Test Cricket is in the thick of it’s season as well as T20 Cricket down in the Caribbean.
But if you’re a diehard Lightning and hockey fan, it’s just torture right now. With the way that Steve Yzerman and company work, we’re not likely to hear anything about Nikita Kucherov or Nikita Nesterov’s contract negotiations until minutes before they sign their contracts. The same goes for any potential trade that Yzerman might be working on to clear some salary cap space to get the aforementioned contracts finished. Once something does happen, it will be exciting, but for now it’s just a waiting game. And waiting is hard to do.
Maybe watching some of these videos of your favorite players will give you a little bit of excitement? At worst, it will just make the waiting worse as you long for the NHL season to start. Oh, but I did save the best videos for last so make sure you go all the way!