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Ludzik removal key if Lightning to improve

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 5, 2000

We now have a stable Lightning ownership, a good general manager who in two years has rebuilt an NHL franchise and a minor league system that was depleted by the previous two GMs, and one of the youngest and most talented teams in the NHL. What's missing? A coach that does not feel he is wasting his time molding and developing young players into NHL superstars.

Mr. Ludzik, your job is to teach and be patient with these kids. Telling your team to get off the ice, as you did during the practice on Oct.28, does not help motivate the players nor does it make the players want to play for you or respect you.

Mr. Ludzik, you need to be held accountable for what is being done or not done on the ice. Pack your bags and go back to Detroit and the IHL. The players and the Lightning organization are doing their jobs. It is very obvious you are not. It is time for a coaching change.
-- Francis Werner, Dunedin

Through Friday, the Lightning is 3-7-1-1 and only one point out of first place with a game in hand. Just think, if we only had a mediocre team with a mediocre coach with a mediocre general manager, we could probably be in first place in the mighty Southeast Division.
-- Daniel Favero, St. Petersburg

Lightning on thin ice

Want to make your friends angry this Christmas? Give them some Lightning hockey tickets for a present!

The assassination of the Lightning by the Senators last week leaves me wondering:

1. Will we be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs by Dec. 1?

2. Does Steve Ludzik care more about his wardrobe than his power play?

3. Do we have anybody on this team who knows how to hit?

I'm a season ticketholder and therefore an investor in this franchise. But I won't be for long if the Lightning continues to be committed to a level of play that is less than mediocre. And I'm darn tired of my hockey friends up north calling me and telling me what a pathetic team we have here in Tampa.
-- Dottie McQueen, via e-mail

Shelton jumps gun

It must be frustrating for a sports writer to cover Florida and Florida State year after year and consistently hear and read about the level of integrity at Penn State. It obviously must have clouded the senses of Gary Shelton.

"Innocent before proven guilty ... is a nice little phrase?" Yikes.

Shelton obviously needs an editor and should be charged with several counts of ignorance. Until a grand jury can meet to gather the evidence of Shelton's guilt, can somebody please suspend Shelton?

Shelton is simply trying to vindicate his own irresponsible rush to judgment. The headline should have been: "Vindication, maybe; but in the write? No way."
-- Tom Okuniewski, Palm Harbor

Strawberry wasted help

First, I feel sympathy for Darryl Strawberry's family. But it looks like the rotten Strawberry is hell-bent on killing himself. Why spend more money on him when that money could go to those who need help and can't get it?
-- Jim Aplin, via e-mail

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