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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.
From the Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson:
Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier’s thoughts understandably have been preoccupied of late, filled more with 3 a.m. feedings and diaper changes than hockey.
But during the past month, following the birth of daughter Victoria on May 3, Lecavalier has watched from afar as Tampa Bay has undergone an extreme makeover in the hiring of GM Steve Yzerman and head coach Guy Boucher. Considering the events of the past two years, when things played out like a soap opera, Lecavalier is encouraged by what’s taking place with the only franchise he has known since entering the league in 1998.
“I’m very, very excited about what is happening with this organization from new ownership, to a guy like Steve Yzerman, who knows where he is going,” Lecavalier said. “He’s got a plan, he’s an honest person and comes from an organization of winners over the past 20 years and he will bring that mentality.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Yzerman sat down Wednesday to address some of the items at the top of a long laundry list of things to work through before training camp starts in September.
Any chance you use the No. 6 overall pick as a trade chip?
I won’t say no, and we don’t have anything in the works right now. We’ve talked about the possibilities. I want to keep as many picks as possible. I think we just need to build up depth in our prospects, we need young players coming, so very remote that we move it.
How active should we expect you to be on July 1 when free agency begins?
As much as I would love to have a splash on July 1, I don’t want to sign a player just so we can have a press conference, it has to make sense. That’s the discipline we have to have. And frankly we’ve got some things within our own club that we have to take care of, like contracts and other things moving forward that we really need to focus in on and then slowly build around that.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman put into motion a process which he hopes will end with a contract extension for star wing Marty St. Louis. Yzerman said he spoke on Wednesday to St. Louis’ agent and hopes a deal that “makes sense” for both sides can be worked out.
“He’s a first-class guy and he deserves to be treated with the utmost respect, and I’ll do that,” Yzerman said. “Where it ends up, we’ll see. They want to make a deal that makes sense for them, and I have to make a deal that makes sense for us. We have some time to get it done, but it definitely is a priority for me.”
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The Detroit Red Wings will keep their coveted “capologist,” as Ryan Martin has decided to stay with the team rather than become an assistant general manager to Steve Yzerman in Tampa Bay.
“I decided last night, and I talked to Steve last night and told him I decided to stay,” Martin said today. “It was a difficult decision but also a good decision.”
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