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from Lightning Strikes,
The Lightning traded rugged wing Nick Tarnasky to the Predators for a conditional 2009 draft pick. Tampa Bay received a sixth-round pick that would turn into a fifth if Tarnasky plays at least 50 games.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
If you’ve ever seen the “Seinfeld” episode where the manager of the Chinese restaurant keeps telling Jerry and friends they will be seated in “Oh, five, 10 minutes,” you know how the Lightning, and especially hockey ops chief Brian Lawton, felt Sunday morning….
The person in charge of the charter, a Czech gentleman who spoke with a thick English accent and was receiving phone calls every 30 seconds, it seemed, assured Lawton the plane would be coming, and he really said this, in five or 10 minutes. He said there was a maintenance issue and the plane was parked at another terminal.
Well, five or 10 minutes go by and Lawton asks again. This time he is told seven minutes. Seven minutes later, we’re told, I’m not kidding, five or 10 minutes. On the next go-round, the Czech Airlines guy says he has word from the control tower that the plane is on the move. How long will it take to arrive? No joke, five or 10 minutes. He scurries out of the office to take yet another phone call.
“He (Tampa co-owner Len Barrie) was more of a Sean Avery-type player when we were in junior. It was my first game in Victoria and my folks came down from central Vancouver Island to watch.
“[Barrie] was all over me, chirping and smacking me. Finally, about halfway through the second period, I had enough. I dropped my gloves and we went at it. Who would have thought 21 years later he would be my boss?”
-Lightning goalie Olaf Kolzig. More at the Globe and Mail…
It is not often you read about a team owner discussing some of the trade inquiries they receive. I wonder how the teams mentioned below feel about it?
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
(Oren) Koules has a ready response to any questions about Smith, the former Dallas backup who was 3-10 after arriving in Tampa last February.
“There was an erroneous report on the first day of free agency that we wanted to trade Mike Smith,” Koules said. “The first two calls we got were from [Stars GM] Les Jackson and [former Stars GM] Doug Armstrong (now VP of Player Personnel for the Blues). Then, we got one from [Vancouver Canucks GM] Mike Gillis, who used to be his agent.
“What’s that tell you about Smith?”
much more on the Lightning…
From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes:
About 100 or so fans were there to meet the bus. As the players got off, the Czech natives (Vinny Prospal, Radim Vrbata and David Koci) were swarmed by kids seeking autographs and television and newspaper cameras. Vinny Lecavalier was treated as royalty as well. As he walked from the bus to the rink, at least six men snapping pictures walked backwards in front of him, all while a crowd asked for autographs.
“It’s special,” Prospal said later in the locker room. “It’s my home country. It doesn’t happen every day like that. I’ll enjoy it for a couple of days. Now I know what Vinny has to do every day of his life.”
Craig Custance at the Sporting News Today has a look at Tampa defenseman Andrej Meszaros. Meszaros is beginning to feel comfortable in Tampa and hopes the feeling remains for the next six years.
Read more on Meszaros and many other hockey notes at the Sporting News Today., You may have to register, but it takes ten seconds and it is free.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
SN: Was there an element of redemption there after losing the captaincy and getting it back?
Lecavalier: Yeah. It feels great. When they told me, I was excited. It really motivates me to—you have a letter on the sweater; it’s extra motivation.
SN: So what are guys saying about Barry Melrose behind the bench so far?
Lecavalier: From what I hear, he’s very, very positive. You would think a guy after 15 years would make a few mistakes, but guys told me he was right on with the lines and he was very aware of what was going on on the ice. Guys are really happy. I’m excited to play for him.
from Lightning Strikes,
Bear with me here, even though this is more speculation and reading between the lines than anything.
We read in Tuesday’s paper that hockey ops chief Brian Lawton said he would not hesitate to keep star Vinny Lecavalier and defenseman Paul Ranger out of at least the season opener Oct. 4 in Prague if their rehabbing right shoulders were not ready to go. He said he might even put them on injured reserve to help the team manage their numbers. That’s a big hint not to be taken seriously, especially after watching Jussi Jokinen star at center this preseason.
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
While Stamkos, the first overall pick in this year’s draft, is easily the biggest and most intriguing name to watch out for on Tampa Bay’s roster tonight, Koci could provide the most entertainment. He’s a fighter and he’s battling for a roster spot on a team with a ton of NHL-caliber forwards. Plus, he’s the guy who bloodied the knuckles of Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara last season with… well… uh… his own blood.
So should Koci cross paths with Godard, a guy who’s not afraid to tangle with anyone, things could get interesting.
more on the game tonight…
From Daren Millard & Nick Kypreos at Fan590—
The producer of the “SAW” films and the television show “Two and a Half Men” joins Hockeycentral @ Noon on entering his first season as an NHL franchise. [Vinnie] Lecavalier enters the conversation with [Oren] Koules and the boys to discuss his reason for signing an 11-year extension to stay in Tampa and on once again being captain of Lightning.
Check out today’s show for some hockey talk out of Tampa Bay.
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