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Tampa Bay release is below...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Maik,
In a curious but intriguing move that may turn the Western Conference playoff race upside-down, the Los Angeles Kings acquired the No. 1 available goaltender on the NHL trade market Sunday, landing Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The primary question surrounded the timing of the deal: Why did the Kings wait until now and not make the move weeks ago?
“Preferably, I would have done this deal two weeks ago,” answered Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi, “but this is just the way trade-deadline deals seem to work.”
Less than a day before completing the trade for Bishop, the Kings finally got their starting goaltender and two-time Stanley Cup champion, Jonathan Quick, back in the lineup after a 59-game injury absence.
added 6:51pm, Kings press release is below...
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired right wing Stefan Fournier from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for right wing Jeremy Morin, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Fournier, 6-foot-3, 226 pounds, has played in 29 games with the Tucson Roadrunners this season, recording two goals and four points. He has played in 139 career AHL games with the Roadrunners, St. John’s IceCaps, Springfield Falcons and Hamilton Bulldogs.
The 24-year-old has also played in 18 career ECHL games with the Wheeling Nailers and the Brampton Beast, notching six points.
"It's relatively quiet around the League for a lot of reasons," Yzerman told Fox Sports Sun play-by-play announcer Rick Peckham. "One is simply the cap. A lot of teams don't have the cap space. And another is, everybody is kind of in the fight. There's very few teams that would consider today and say, 'We're out of it … We're just going to start moving our assets.' And those teams need partners, and the teams at the top don't have the cap space and don't have the urgency to do anything, so it'll get closer to the deadline for us, or in the middle a little bit.
"And we're trying to win. If I could do something that helped our team make a trade that identified a need for us -- not just for this year, but going forward -- I would do that and haven't been able to do that to this point and that's been going on, really, since the draft last year."
I believe the Bolts would move Bishop before the trade deadline for the right price, but the reality -- as the Pittsburgh Penguins have also seen so far, with Marc-Andre Fleury -- is that other teams haven't shown much interest to date. You don't often see top goalies traded midseason. But perhaps over the next month another team will develop a need for one. If not, Tampa Bay knew it was possible it could play the whole season with Bishop and then have to let him walk and get nothing in return on July 1.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN where you can read more on the Lightning...
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
Tampa Bay was a preseason Stanley Cup favorite, but it's a shell of that now, one reason general manager Steve Yzerman needs to make a move. It has the lowest points-per-game percentage in the Eastern Conference and would need 49 points in its final 34 games to reach 96, typically a bench mark for a playoff team. That's hard to imagine from a Tampa Bay team (21-22-5) that has won back-to-back games just once in the past two months and has three points in the first four games of this make-or-break trip.
Regardless of injuries, the Lightning — 11-16-4 without Stamkos since his Nov. 10 knee injury — isn't getting enough from its top players, its leaders. Coach Jon Cooper said earlier this season that some players were hesitant to speak up. And though some have stepped up, such as Boyle, it's not always about talking the talk, it's about walking the walk. Show the way. Tampa Bay's best line Saturday was Cedric Paquette, Gabriel Dumont and Michael Bournival. And that's telling.
Goalie Ben Bishop, a two-time Vezina Trophy finalist, needs to play like one. He can't give up goals like the first two Saturday, even if he was screened on the second one. Tyler Johnson has too often been a nonfactor in games. Nikita Kucherov, arguably the most talented player on the team, can be too pass-happy. Even Hedman, a first-time All-Star this season, hasn't had his best year.
Watch as Martin St. Louis has touching moment talking about his mother during his number retirement.
"Marty was a pain in the ass to coach"
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