No. 7: Tampa Bay Lightning

Ultimate Standings 2012

Updated: September 7, 2012, 12:04 PM ET
By Max Klinger | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 2 Title track: 23 (tie) Ownership: 9 Coaching: 18 (tie) Players: 24 Fan relations: 4 Affordability: 14 Stadium experience: 9 Bang for the buck: 27

Stasis is an ugly word, but not when it means you're at the top of the rankings heap yet again. The Lightning followed up last year's No. 2 overall mark with a repeat top-10 performance that saw impressive results in nearly every category we score. Let's face it: The Bolts are a model of Sun Belt hockey economics. Fans ...

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