Surely, there is a reason why Paul was on a line with Chris Kelly and Mike Blunden on Thursday and why Dzingel was skating with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Tom Pyatt. But Paul says he would lose his mind if was constantly worrying and wondering about the combinations.
Okposo got the Islanders on the scoreboard less than five minutes into the game. With Tampa Bay's Mike Blunden off for roughing, Okposo took a pass from Nikolay Kulemin from behind the net, settled it just to the right of the left faceoff circle and fired it past Bishop at 4:20. It was Okposo's seco
nner, J.T. Brown was effective in getting under the skin of the Rangers players. And lastly, Brian Boyle was a workhorse. The Lightning went with only 11 forwards and for most of the night, Boyle centered two separate lines. He was with J.T. Brown and Erik Condra as well as Vermin and Mike Blunden.
Yzerman, who made a trio of cost-saving trades over the weekend to create additional salary cap space for the start of free agency Tuesday, also announced the signing of right wing Mike Blunden, who appeared in seven games for the Montreal Canadiens last season. Forward Mike Angelidis was re-signed
While Tampa Bay didn't land one of the big-name veteran forwards, with Jarome Iginla going to the Avalanche (three years, $16 million) and Brad Richards (one year, $2 million) to the Blackhawks, it did sign forwards Mike Blunden and Mike Angelidis to one-year, two way deals, providing some depth at