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from Lightning Strikes,
Things all of a sudden seem to be moving fast with the Lightning and Dan Boyle as the Lightning defenseman confirmed the team has asked him to waive his no-trade clause.
“They have asked me to waive my no-trade clause,” Boyle said, “but that’s all I can say right now.”
It was unclear if the Lightning gave Boyle a destination.
Update 2:11pm ET (alanah): Erik Erlendsson at his Tampa Tribune blog, notes this:
Here’s an indicator as to what the Lightning has in mind of what they fully intend to do with Dan Boyle. If you go to the Lightning homepage during the introduction of the new faces (and a couple of familiar ones), Boyle is not among those listed, which also includes Gary Roberts, Ryan Malone along with the likes of Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis. But no mention of Boyle.
from Lightning Strikes,
Boyle, who turns 32 on July 12, said listening to the rumors he will be traded to help clear cap space for a team that is over the $56.7-million limit “has been tough. It’s been really hard.”
He also said that right now, he has no intention of waiving his no-trade clause. Having said that, he also said he understands this situation is not personal.
“I’m looking at every different angle, but mainly, absolutely, business,” he said. “If a trade makes sense, I completely understand, and I have no problem with that. But on the other hand, if it doesn’t make sense, then I do have a problem with that.”
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Peterburg Times,
Because Boyle is one of the game’s best puck-moving defensemen, characterized by former Lightning coach John Tortorella as the key to the team’s attack.
It is why Hall of Famer and Panthers analyst Denis Potvin said of the unconfirmed gossip, “Until something happens, I won’t believe it. I just don’t see where this will be a smart move.”
The talk could be moot.
Boyle, who turns 32 on July 12 and has a six-year, $40-million contract that pays $6.667-million annually, has a no-trade clause Bazos said he is not inclined to waive. Even that sparked conversation.
Updated 11:05pm ET (alanah): Darren Dreger at TSN—
Sources say the Tampa Bay Lightning have contacted the Boyle camp to alert them to the fact a deal may be in the works. Whether or not the Lightning have officially asked Boyle to waive his no-trade clause is unconfirmed, however a source close to the player says they have.
Tampa Bay Lightning sign UFA forward David Koci to a one-year, two-way contract worth $525,000 in the NHL, $100,000 in the minors
Update 7:54pm ET: For more on Tampa’s new tough guy, HockeyFights.com has it all.
From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,
There must be a second part to this move.
The Chicago Blackhawks signed goaltender Cristobal Huet to a deal worth $5.625 million per season for four years, THN has learned.
Now, the Hawks still have No. 1 goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on the books for a very cap-unfriendly $6.75 million next year, so something’s gotta give here.
Not only do the Hawks now have quite a lot of cash tied up in goaltenders, but the funny thing about that position is you can only have one on the ice at any given time and most starting netminders tend to want to be out there as much as possible.
On TSN about 15 minutes ago, Darren Pang reported that in his conversation with GM Dale Tallon today, Tallon claimed they would be carrying both goalies into next season. To add intrigue, Bob McKenzie also mentions that Tampa goalie Mike Smith—who just signed an extension earlier today—might now be shopped.
From Erik Erlendsson at the Tampa Tribune,
The Lightning have now reached terms on a deal with former Pittsburgh forward Adam Hall on a three-year contract.
Update 12:41pm ET: TSN’s ticker notes the contract is “a 3 year deal worth $1.8-million.”
From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes,
The Mats Sundin thing notwithstanding, the Lightning’s final move today likely will be signing goaltender Olaf Kolzig. It’s not done, but talks apparently are going well.
Update 2:27pm ET: From Erik Erlendsson at the Tampa Tribune,
Got word that the team is getting there on a deal with Kolzig and the team is still in the mix for Rolston.
Update 2:49pm ET: Fan590 is saying the Kolzig deal is done. And Lightning Strikes has an update on Mike Smith:
As if the Lightning wasn’t busy enough today, now it appears the team will announce a contract extension, believed to be for two years, for goaltender Mike Smith. The goalie has one year left on his contract that pays $950,000 next season.
Update 4:21pm ET: TSN tracker notes that Kolzig signed for $1.5 million
via Sportsnet’s Tracker, Radim Vrbata to the Tampa Bay Lightning
Update 1:05pm ET: Sportsnet:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Radim Vrbata to a three-year, $9 million contract, Sportsnet has learned.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Why do you get the feeling, when watching the Tampa Bay Lightning operate these days, that it’s like seeing two kids running wild and free in a candy store?
Moreover, why do you also get the impression that those two kids, named Oren Koules and Len Barrie, aren’t doing a half-bad job, stockpiling players and generally creating a buzz for the team that they now own officially as of Monday, along with six other investors?
In case you missed it earlier today, Alanah had a similar look at the Tampa ownership group too…
from Lightning Strikes,
Before we even get into why the Lightning, as it stands at this moment, is in no position to give up one of the league’s best puck-moving defensemen, let’s start with this: Dan Boyle, recently married to a local woman and expecting a child in late November, has a no-trade clause that his agent said Monday Boyle likely is not inclined to waive.
“I haven’t pushed it with Dan other than when we signed,” agent George Bazos said of when Boyle signed his six-year, $40-million deal. “Dan wants to be in Tampa. Nothing has changed as far as that goes. My best guess is that Dan would not want to waive his no-trade clause right now.”
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