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FightClub.com, Now the Official Fantasy Football Game of Sports Media 101; Sign-Up Free, Win Big

September 28th, 2013 at 9:29 AM
By Sports Media 101

Sports Media 101 Inc. is proud to announce an official, and exclusive, fantasy football partnership with FightClub.com.

FightClub offers weekly fantasy football games suited for both the novice and professional fantasy football player, encompassing NFL football and NCAA football.

Sign-up is free and all new participants receive an immediate $5 credit. Additionally, if you sign-up through Sports Media 101 or any of our subsidiaries, you have a chance to win an additional $25 bonus each week. The $25 bonus will be awarded to whoever scores the most points. In other words, whoever proves to be the top dog.

In addition to the weekly games, $5 in free credit and the potential $25 bonus, everyone who signs up will have an opportunity to play the Sports Media 101 experts, as well as fellow fans and readers.

Players can win money each and every week, and do not have to worry about forgetting to set lineups, make waiver wire moves or trades. Your roster is set uniquely each week without a draft based solely on who you feel has the best match-ups. Ultimately, it's a true test of your Football IQ.

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George Gwozdecky Reportedly Joining Tampa Bay Lightning as Assistant Coach

August 8th, 2013 at 8:05 PM
By Kyle Alexander Abney

After Rick Bowness was hired by GM Steve Yzerman to coach the defense for new head coach Jon Cooper, reports were that the Lightning were not finished adding to what will be very much a new-look bench in 2013-2014.

With most of the vestiges of the Guy Boucher era in Tampa Bay now moved on — Martin Raymond will be the head coach of the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL and Dan LaCroix has joined Alain Vigneault's staff with the New York Rangers — adding another new face behind the bench made sense, especially considering Jon Cooper will be entering his first full season behind an NHL bench.

Enter George Gwozdecky, the former head coach of Denver University, where he spent 19 seasons amassing a .623 career winning percentage and national championships in 2004 and 2005.

report from the Denver Post indicates that Gwozdecky will round out the Lightning's coaching staff.

While lacking specific knowledge of Gwozdecky's coaching style or what his role with the Lightning will be, it's not difficult to infer or assume that with Bowness running the defense, Gwozdecky's focus will likely be either offense/general or special teams.

In a report from May via CBS Denver, Gwozdecky highlighted the importance of player development in coaching:

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Kristers Gudlevskis Signed to Three-Year, Two-Way Deal by Tampa Bay Lightning

August 2nd, 2013 at 9:08 PM
By Kyle Alexander Abney

At this summer's NHL Entry Draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected Latvian goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis in the 5th round (124th overall), which was viewed by some as a curious move, given the collection of goaltenders GM Steve Yzerman has acquired since 2010.

Today, Gudlevskis was signed to a three-year, two-way deal, the club announced, and as reported by Damian Cristodero:

 

With tremendous depth in net for perhaps the first time in organization history, Gudlevskis projects as the 5th goalie on the depth chart behind the NHL tandem of Anders Lindback and Ben Bishop and the likely AHL duo of Riku Helenius and Cedrick Desjardins.

That "5th goalie" spot was previously held by Pat Nagle.

Nagle was an undrafted free agent out of Ferris State University who posted terrific numbers in his junior and senior seasons in the NCAA (.923 save percentage both years). Signed to a two-year deal that is now expired, Nagle is now an unrestricted free agent that looks to have been replaced by Gudlevskis.

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2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Radko Gudas

July 30th, 2013 at 9:03 PM
By Kyle Alexander Abney

Radko Gudas, drafted in the 3rd round (66th overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010, broke into the NHL this year after playing a big role for the Calder Cup winning Norfolk Admirals a season ago.

Perhaps the best example of a talented prospect going through a measured, careful development process and coming out the other side a solid NHL player, Gudas may very well be the first of many so-called "Tampacuse" players to claim and hold a permanent spot in Tampa Bay.

Gudas played in 22 games with the Lightning in the lockout-shortened season, recording 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points, a +3 rating, and 38 penalty minutes in 16:59 of time on ice per game.

A heralded aspect of Gudas' game has always been his physicality, and he certainly didn't shy away from rough stuff against the tough competition in the NHL. While real time stats are often unreliable due to scorer bias, Gudas was credited with 87 hits in his 22 games, for a ludicrous 3.95 hits per game. The leading hitter in the entire NHL for 2013 — Matt Martin of the New York Islanders — averaged 4.875 per game.

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2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Ben Bishop

July 27th, 2013 at 8:17 PM
By Kyle Alexander Abney

As the 2013 player grades series continues, it is time to evaluate the first goaltender — Ben Bishop, acquired at the trade deadline from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for promising young forward Cory Conacher.

While this series has been working its way up with skaters that took the ice for the Lightning in the 2012-2013 regular season, peppering the goaltenders in seems like the best way to go about things rather then starting with them or waiting until the end and doing them all at once.

While Bishop only started nine games for the Lightning and my criteria for this series was 10, I've made an exception because, by all accounts, Bishop is expected to play a very large role for the Lightning moving forward in a tandem with big Swedish netminder Anders Lindback.

The timing also seems especially relevant given that Bishop's former coach has just recently been hired by the Lightning to coach goaltending and video for the AHL Syracuse Crunch.

In nine total games played with the Bolts, Bishop went 3-4-1 with a GAA of 2.99 (well worse than Matheiu Garon and Anders Lindback) and a save percentage of .917 (signifitcantly better than either other Lightning netminder). That seems to indicate that, while overall Bishop was allowing a lot of goals, he was doing so while facing an inordinately high amount of shots.

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