Friday, August 28, 2009

Well, do we?

Maybe it's nothing more than wishful thinking, but a goalie battle may be brewing down here in Hockey Bay.

The way I see it is Tampa Bay goalies Mike Smith, coming back from a concussion, and Antero Niittymaki, fresh from hip surgery, have something to prove.

That goes beyond the Lightning and the team's fans. More important, I'd dare say, is they have to prove to themselves that they're the No. 1 guy. That alone makes it interesting.

At the least, the Bolts have solidified their goaltending, health permitting.

Niittymaki, who signed this Finland puck this morning, looked pretty good during an informal skate in Brandon. It's too bad Smith isn't around. It'll be fun to watch them go head-to-head.

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