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Great between-the-legs move by Lecavalier last night.
Watch the goal…
from the St. Peterburg Times,
The decline starts from the top and is more notable because rookie Karri Ramo has provided in his five starts goaltending that gave the team chances to win.
Richards, a league-worst minus-23, has zero goals in eight games and one in 11. St. Louis has two goals in eight games.
Lecavalier, who leads the league with 56 points, has six shots in his past three games and is minus-3 since Dec. 1.
Since scoring 12 goals in his first 18 games, Prospal has just five in 22.
from the St. Petersburg Times,
“I think the answers for now have to come from within,” Feaster said, “certainly until we get a resolution with the sale situation. The one thing we’re not going to do is move the big three. It’s just not going to happen.”
Tortorella echoed that sentiment.
“We’ve got nothing coming this way,” he said. “That’s our way of life right now. We’re talked about this as a group. Don’t hold your hands out looking for help. ... There’s no help in the minors. There’s no help in signings. We have to figure it out.”
from the Tampa Tribune,
“He needs to play and hopefully he performs real well and as I told him, we’ll give him every opportunity to get back to the NHL in the context of re-entry waivers,” Feaster said. “At $1.4 million this year and $1.5 million next year, that’s a very reasonable contract for an NHL goaltender so if he can get back on top of his game, then I think he stands a real good opportunity to have somebody show interest in him.”
Feaster said Denis has come up in conversations with other general managers around the league.
“I’ve had general managers say our guys really liked him and our guys don’t understand his numbers right now so from that standpoint clearly there are teams who recognize that he’s an NHL goaltender and he played and had that success and he’s not been able to have that success here,” Feaster said.
from the St. Petersburg Times,
With the Lightning carrying three goaltenders on its roster, and the league’s holiday roster freeze having expired Thursday at midnight, something has to budge. Marc Denis, a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game Thursday, would be the most likely one to be placed on waivers, and that could happen as early as today.
more on Tampa Bay…
added 1:01pm, Denis has been placed on waivers.
from Crain’s Detroit,
Auburn Hills-based Palace Sports & Entertainment has set a deadline of the third week of January for a Hollywood producer to arrange financing to buy the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League.
Oren Koules, the Los Angeles-based producer of the CBS comedy “Two and A Half Men” and the “Saw” horror films, has emerged as the front man for what’s estimated to be a $206 million bid for the team operated by Palace Sports. According to published reports, he’s being joined by movie producer Mark Burg and California financier Russell Belinsky in the effort.
If Koules’ group arranges the financing, the deal should be done in February, said Tom Wilson, president of Palace Sports.
via Lightning Strikes,
An update on center Craig MacDonald, who had to leave Thursday’s game after being hit in the mouth with a wrist shot from Maple Leafs defenseman Hal Gill.
The team said on Friday MacDonald lost nine teeth, five cleanly while four were shaved in half. He received numerous stitches to his tongue and the inside of his lower lip, and a few more on his chin.
As if that weren’t enough, Friday morning he needed three root canals.
Amazing that given all that damage he skated himself off the ice. He’s a hockey player.
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Karri Ramo and defenseman Jay Leach from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced. Leach has been recalled on an emergency basis.
continued... You know Tampa cannot be happy with the current goaltending situation…
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Atlanta Thrashers—7pm ET
The Lightning’s Vincent Lecavalier, who leads the NHL with 51 points this season, and the Thrashers’ Ilya Kovalchuk, who leads the league with 26 goals, will go head-to-head for the fifth time this season and the 35th time in their careers when the Lightning play the Thrashers tonight in Atlanta.
Lecavalier has scored 39 points (17-22—39) and Kovalchuk 36 (20-16—36) in their 34 previous meetings, with Tampa Bay and Lecavalier winning 18 times, Kovalchuk and Atlanta 14 times, and two games ending in a tie. They’ve met four times already this season with each player winning twice; Lecavalier (3-6—9) has more points but Kovalchuk (5-2—7) has more goals.
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
It’s a classic example of how enamored NHL clubs can be of teenage players one moment, and how anxious they can be to dump the same players soon after.
And how there’s absolutely no guarantee that young players pressed into NHL service before their 20th birthdays are so talented that they’ll turn into stars like Sidney Crosby, or so hastily promoted that they’ll end up enormous busts like Alexandre Daigle.
The truth is, it usually takes years for either scenario to play out.
Both Vincent Lecavalier and Nik Antropov, you may recall, were drafted into the NHL the same year (1998), one a Quebec-born Canadian and the other a prodigy from the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.
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