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Here We Go Again

from the Tampa Bay Lightning,

AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN and LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, February 13, 2008 –
Palace Sports & Entertainment and OK Hockey LLC, an entity controlled by Oren Koules, announced today that they have entered into a definitive purchase agreement whereby OK Hockey LLC would acquire the Tampa Bay Lightning, the leasehold rights to the St. Pete Times Forum and approximately 5.5 acres of land in Tampa’s Channelside District from Palace Sports & Entertainment. Completion of the transaction, which is expected to close within the next 105 days, is contingent on customary closing conditions and final approval from the National Hockey League.

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added 6:28pm, Lightning Strikes asks the key question…

The next question will be who makes the final calls as the trade deadline approaches.

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Prospal Speaks Like Tortorella

from Lightning Strikes,

But it was difficult to ignore Prospal’s outburst, though Torts did his best.

“I’m not here to be the happy man and make everybody happy,’’ he said. “I’m here to make calls as far as the game is concerned.’‘

And this after Torts was asked if he sensed some relief in Prospal:

“I’m sure there was quite a bit of relief and a few other things, too. That’s life. He played really well. Athletes that are upset, they contribute and help the team win, coaches are happy. This isn’t a touchy-feely thing here or love fest. This is a game of hockey and we’re fighting for our life.’‘

what did Prospal say, well read on...

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Lightning May Have To Take A Half-Step Back

from the St. Petersburg Times,

So rather than proximity to the playoffs determining whether Tampa Bay will be a buyer or seller, Campbell spoke generally of “reconfiguring your team to give it the best chance to win as soon as possible.”

And while he said, “There is no plan today to give up on the season” and “we could be buyers,” he acknowledged this scenario:

“So you sit back and say, ‘We could make the playoffs because of the maturity of our team, but maybe we’re not ready to go to the Eastern Conference or Stanley Cup finals.’ So you know what? Maybe we take a half-step back for this year, but it makes us that much stronger for next year.”

Players on a team fighting for their playoff lives said they can’t worry about what is happening in the front offices.

more on Tampa Bay…

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Costly Mistake

from the Buffalo News,

Kevin Quick merely needed to keep his head on straight and enjoy the ride, which wasn’t asking too much. He had been selected in the third round of the NHL draft. He had a scholarship to the University of Michigan. He was a freshman getting a regular shift on the second-ranked hockey team in the nation. Now?

The 19-year-old is home in Tonawanda, trying to put his career back together after getting kicked off the Michigan team for what coach Red Berenson called “a total violation of our team trust and rules.” Sources said the defenseman stole a credit card, used it as a personal piggy bank and spent thousands of dollars….

Tampa Bay selected Quick with the 78th pick overall in the 2006 draft. He signed a professional tryout contract with the Lightning’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk on Saturday. He’ll start his professional career at a fraction of what he could have pocketed in a couple years with far more experience and leverage.

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Bolts Sale Hits A Snag

from Lightning Strikes,

The bank, Societe Generale, with main offices in Paris, that was going to lend a group led by Hollywood producer Oren Koules up to $110-million to help with his purchase of the Lightning from Palace Sports & Entertainment has closed its sports lending business, a story in Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal said.

The move has not killed the deal, Lightning officials said, but Koules must now look for alternative forms of financing, something not easy given the nationwide credit crunch. Expect Koules to need three to four weeks at least to secure alternative financing.

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The Value Of Boyle

from the St. Petersburg Times,

The agent for Dan Boyle said he and the Lightning will have preliminary talks this week about extending the star defenseman’s contract.

“They had always told us they wanted Dan to stay and be part of the organization,” George Bazos said Sunday.

Boyle, 31, one of the game’s best puck-moving blue-liners, is in the final year of a three-year, $10-million contract.

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A good move by Tampa Bay, they will get a picture of the dollar figure Boyle wants, if they can’t make the dollars work, look for Boyle to be traded near the deadline.

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Bolts May Be Forced To Move Boyle

from the Tampa Tribune,

Lightning GM Jay Feaster has stated his intention to open contract talks with Boyle’s agent. But the odds of a deal being worked out in the next three weeks are remote, at best, even if a purchase agreement to sell the team to Oren Koules is announced this week as expected.

Defensemen the caliber of Boyle, who can skate and move the puck, are commodities in the NHL these days and teams don’t like to part with them. But that also means the player holds the hammer in negotiations and there’s a good chance Boyle’s side could start talks seeking a salary starting in the neighborhood of $7 million a season. That’s why moving Boyle appears all but likely in my opinion.

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Bolts Players Don’t Want Trade Talk

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Gratton and Boyle have no-trade clauses, meaning they must approve any deal. But that doesn’t make things any easier.

“I try not to pay attention to it,” Gratton said. “We’re trying to stay focused and trying to climb back into the playoff race and worry about the task at hand.”

Would he waive his no-trade clause as he did when traded to Tampa Bay from the Panthers?

“You have to wait and see,” he said. “I was thankful to get the opportunity to come back here. I’ve made it known I don’t want to leave. But you always want to do what’s best for the franchise.”

“Ask me in a month,” Boyle said. “The last thing I want to do is talk about getting traded. I want to concentrate on playing well and helping this team turn things around. That’s my focus.”

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What Will The Lightning Do

from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,

This season, we’re not sure whether we’ll be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. We’re not looking to raise the white flag right now, both from the standpoint of our team and our fans and also our market. That’s one of the benefits of having the deadline earlier, because if you are still in it, you’re probably going to be disinclined to be a seller. You’re not going to say: “Well, we don’t think we’re going to make it,” when you’re only sitting two, four or six points out with a lot of hockey still to be played.

Danny Boyle’s return to our lineup will also affect our thinking at the trade deadline (he’s been out with a wrist injury for most of the season). We haven’t put a timeframe on it, because Boyle still has to go through the rehab process and reach different milestones the doctor has asked him to achieve. But having him back will be huge.

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NHL Opening Games In Europe

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The plans to open the 2008-09 NHL regular season on two European fronts are now finalized.

The league is apparently ready to formally announce this weekend at the NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta that, as expected, the Ottawa Senators will play the Pittsburgh Penguins in Stockholm and the New York Rangers will play the Tampa Bay Lightning in Prague.

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