Well, I'll be ...

You'll never guess who followed Ruslan Fedotenko's lead and stopped to sign for fans after today's practice in Brandon?

It was one of Tampa Bay's Big Three. Nope, it wasn't Vinny Lecavalier. And it sure as heck wasn't Brad Richards. They both drove right by, not even offering a wave.

So, by process of elimination, you should know who stopped. Yep, that's right, it was Martin St. Louis.

As usual, security had the barricades set up as, apparently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 0-2 start has led some fans to jump ship and remember that the Lightning, the Stanley Cup champion of two years ago, are getting ready to play. As a result, these fans have started finding their way to training camp. Though I expected bigger crowds on the weekend, today's gathering of about 30 was somewhat surprising.

God bless him, though, it didn't deter St. Louis. He pulled over, got out of the car and made sure that everyone -- scumbag dealers included -- got at least one autograph. For the record, St. Louis signed a 2004 World Cup of Hockey-Canada puck (shown above, on right) for me.

Other notable signers were Hall of Famer Bill Barber, who signed a Kitchener Rangers puck (shown above, on left), Dmitry Afanasenkov, Dan Boyle, Sean Burke, Ryan Craig, Marc Denis, Fedotenko (who repeated Sunday's classy move) Luke Richardson, Cory Sarich and Tim Taylor. Prospect Blair Jones also signed a couple cards for those, myself included, who recognized him.

Oh yeah, I finally got Lisa's Nolan Pratt jersey signed, reminding him that we used to watch him play for the Carolina Hurricanes when the team's home rink was the Greensboro Coliseum.

"Boy, that was a long time ago," he said.


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