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freom Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
The Tampa Bay Lightning hired Julien Brisebois to serve as assistant general manager to Steve Yzerman, the team announced Friday.
Brisebois, 33, emerged as the leading candidate earlier this week to fill the role of Yzerman’s right-hand man to handle contract negotiations and serve as salary cap specialist. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Brisebois also will serve as general manager of Tampa Bay’s minor-league affiliate, Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
The Lightning apparently has interest in acquiring Flyers left wing Simon Gagne. It’s tough to tell how serious it is because no one within the organization has said so publicly, but it would be naïve to believe otherwise.
Put another way, why wouldn’t Tampa Bay at least inquire about a proven goals and points producer who is being shopped by a team desperate to clear cap space? And to put it even ANOTHER way: Why wouldn’t general manager Steve Yzerman be salivating over the possibility of having his top two lines be (left to right) Gagne-Vinny Lecavalier-Marty St. Louis and Ryan Malone-Steven Stamkos-Steve Downie?
Acquiring Gagne, 30, who in the past three seasons in which he was healthy scored 47, 41 and 34 goals, would make the Lightning automatic playoff contenders. It would spike ticket sales. It would make Tampa Bay relevant again in a market where it has been the butt of jokes the past two years. And, besides, what’s the harm in a little short-term gain while Yzerman decides what direction to take the team in the future?
added 7:07am, from Dave Fuller of the Toronto Sun,
Still one of the most dangerous left wingers in the NHL — when healthy — Gagne, 30, has only a year left on his deal and could become an unrestricted free agent next July 1.
The Leafs, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings are thought to have the most interest in the explosive winger, though with a no-trade clause in his contract, Gagne retains the right to pick-and-choose. Unless the Flyers waive him, which seems unlikely.
So, what about Gagne joining the Leafs? Is general manager Brian Burke interested?
Well, he didn’t completely dismiss the notion when contacted Wednesday by e-mail.
“Not at this time,’ was his intriguing, though noncommittal response when asked about Gagne.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Last weekend Free Press sports writer Helene St. James caught up with Yzerman at the NHL entry draft in Los Angeles. Afterward both were on the same flight back to Detroit, which is how she discovered Yzerman, too, thinks “Blades of Glory” is hilarious. Here’s their chat.
Q: Speaking of Detroit, everybody loves a storybook ending. Holland and his management team are now secured through 2015-16, but if he doesn’t stay on beyond that, is there a scenario where you’d return to the Red Wings?
A: You never know, in five years, they may not want me (laughs). No, I come to Tampa Bay with the idea of building something really, really good. I can’t come into this thinking, ‘Eh, I’m biding my time till I go back to Detroit.’ I made a decision to leave because I didn’t feel that it was the right thing for anybody just to sit and wait and see what if?
Who knows what the future holds, but I come down to Tampa Bay with the idea that I’m going to do a good job here, this franchise is going to turn around and we’re going to be successful, and I’m going to enjoy the job. The Red Wings—I don’t even think that far ahead.
Brian Burke mentioned earlier today that the Tomas Kaberle talks have been shutdown for the long USA Holiday weekend.
Plus, I heard Darren Dreger on 640am in Toronto earlier today and he said the whispers continue of Tampa being interested in Kaberle and the name Ryan Malone has been brought up.
Just something to think about over the weekend.
via a Puck Agency tweet,
Pavel Kubina Signs Two-Year Deal With Tampa Bay Lightning
via a Daren Millard tweet,
dan ellis is a member of the tampa bay lightning!!!!!!!
via Tampa Bay Lightning tweet,
Word is the Lightning have signed Martin St. Louis to a 4-year contract extension. Keeping him in a Bolts jersey for the next 5 seasons.
via Darren Dreger tweet,
Meszaros to Flyers sounds like a done deal.
Bob McKenzie tweets in,
Sounds like Meszaros is going from Tampa to Philly for a second round pick.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun at Slam/Canoe,
Flames fans can dream all they want about the return of Marc Savard to answer the club’s playmaking needs.
However, the odds are infinitely better another former Flame will be recalled on Canada Day: Alex Tanguay.
While some may be sickened at the thought the former castoff may return as the team’s biggest off-season acquisition, the man whose stock has made like BP’s ever since he asked for a trade out of Cowtown is likely the best fit out there for the cash-strapped club.
From the St. Pete Times’ Damian Cristodero:
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has sent a message to Vinny Lecavalier.
“We’re going to challenge him to be better,” Yzerman said.
But Yzerman also apparently assured the captain, who is coming off two disappointing seasons, he still is part of the plan.
“I’m not going to go out and start shopping Vinny Lecavalier around,” Yzerman said recently at the St. Pete Times Forum.
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