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According to TSN, Tampa’s Steve Eminger traded to the Florida Panthers for Noah Welch and a 3rd round pick.
Update 3:43pm ET: TSN has a link available now.
According to TSN and others, Mark Recchi of Tampa Bay has been traded to the Boston Bruins.
Details to follow.
Update 1:29pm ET: From TSN—
For the fifth time in his career, the veteran has been traded late in a season, this time the Tampa Bay Lightning dealing him to Boston.
Recchi, 41, signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with Tampa Bay prior to this season.
From Bob McKenzie at TSN:
“I’ve never been on waivers before,” the Tampa Bay Lightning forward said. “It’s a first for me. I hope this isn’t how it ends.”
[Gary] Roberts knows his contract is working against him. Because there is no performance bonus cushion this year, Roberts’ salary counts as a $2.42 salary cap hit, with a bonus of $10,000 for every game he plays.
Roberts was hopeful of perhaps finishing his career with the same team he started it with – the Calgary Flames – but it remains to be seen if the numbers add up for Calgary. Roberts’ team from last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are in Tampa tonight, although Roberts has been told he won’t be in the lineup until the Lightning see what happens tomorrow at noon.
McKenzie also notes that Roberts was not told by the Lightning organization personally that he’d been placed on waivers—he found out from his brother in Toronto.
More here on the post’s 2:40pm update.
“Hey man, if a team wants me and they feel like I could come in and help them, then I would love it.”
-Mark Recchi of the Tampa Bay Lightning via Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald at the National Post.
From Damien Cox at The Spin:
Suddenly, it appears that Marty St. Louis, rather than Vinny Lecavalier, may be the Tampa Bay Lightning star that could be on the move.
Multiple teams are calling Lightning GM Brian Lawton about St. Louis’ availability even though the veteran forward has a no-trade clause in his contract. One of the most interested clubs may be the New York Rangers, particularly since St. Louis’ former coach, John Tortorella, is now behind the New York bench.
St. Louis would become the No. 1 forward available before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline if the Lightning were to ask him to waive his no-trade status. Not only is he still an elite and productive forward, the 33-year-old has Stanley Cup championship experience and will be heading into the final two years of a contract next season that will pay him a very affordable $4 million in salary.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Like stories of UFO sightings and Wilt Chamberlain’s love life, it’s hard to know where the truth ends and fiction begins with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
If you believe half the things you hear around the hockey world, you’d be convinced the ownership group led by Oren Koules and Len Barrie is holding its operation together with food stamps and returns from empties.
You’d also believe the franchise will revert to original owner William Davidson at the end of this season, that the house of cards Koules and Barrie have constructed will collapse and the NHL will be left with yet another public embarrassment.
That, at least, is the big story. But the other intrigues surrounding the Bolts are just as entertaining. There are the ongoing rumours concerning franchise icon Vinny Lecavalier. There are stories about financing and payrolls and papered houses and Barrie’s personal finances and Lightning employees being charged for parking—all of which creates the impression that this isn’t an NHL franchise so much as it’s the reincarnation of a WHA franchise.
From Ira Kaufman at The Tampa Tribune:
The Tampa Bay Lightning are slashing season-ticket prices by an average of 10 percent for next season, with almost 4,000 seats available at the St. Pete Times Forum for only $239.
Almost 1,300 upper-level seats have been reclassified to be included in the $239 season-ticket package that averages out to $5.69, plus tax, per game. Nearly 20 percent of the arena’s seats will feature that $239 designation and half-season packages in the same area will cost $149.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Vinny isn’t available and anyone who suggests he might have been available earlier in the year– and the suggestees included Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey – had better check their sources.
It doesn’t mean Lawton won’t try to be active in shedding payroll. It just means the Lecavalier trial balloon they floated just before the All-Star break was so badly received the Lightning figured it out in a hurry – it was a road they couldn’t go down and retain any credibility in their market. It’s one thing to show Brad Richards and Dan Boyle the door; it’s quite another to ditch the face of the franchise, even if the face of the franchise is set to earn $85-million over the next 11 years on a heavily front-loaded contract – the first four years are all worth $10-million in cold hard disposable cash in Lecavalier’s pocket,a tidy sum considering how iffy the team’s financial picture is at the moment.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Under Tocchet, the Lightning worked with Stamkos, put him on a weight program, put him in a classroom video situation with assistant Wes Walz. It has helped big-time as Stamkos is playing his best hockey of the season. The there is this: Stamkos, with 10 goals, needs three to tie Vinny Lecavalier’s rookie output in 1998-99, and with 25 points, needs three to tie Lecavalier as well.
from Erik Erlendsson and Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,
With Tampa Bay spending the next week in Canada, trade rumors are sure to run rampant as the March 4 trade deadline approaches.
But Vinny Lecavalier’s name won’t be at the forefront.
In his boldest statement in his short tenure as Lightning general manager, Brian Lawton may very well have put an end to any lingering rumors surrounding Lecavalier by stating the Tampa Bay captain won’t be going anywhere, as far as he’s concerned.
“We’re not going to trade Vinny Lecavalier,’’ Lawton said Monday. “I’m going to say, ‘never,’ so I don’t have to deal with it.’‘
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