Even-strength play offers strategic clues

Special teams get the ink, but games are decided at five-on-five

Originally Published: March 18, 2009
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

There are a lot of reasons why there hasn't been much lightning in Tampa during the 2008-09 season. The club's new ownership/management team has taken several monster missteps -- the biggest of which was the decision to trade top defenseman Dan Boyle -- since taking over last summer.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.