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Report- Tod Leiweke Appears To Be the New CEO Of The Lightning

via Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The Tampa Bay Lightning apparently is preparing to announce that Tod Leiweke, the long-time Chief executive officer of the NFL’s Seahawks, will be the Lightning’s new CEO. Leiweke could not immediately be reached for comment and the Lightning declined comment.

More to come ...

added 2:43pm, from the Tampa Bay Lightning,

Tod Leiweke has been named Chief Executive Officer of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment and its subsidiaries, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum, Chairman and Governor Jeff Vinik announced this afternoon. Leiweke will also become an Alternate Governor to the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors for the Lightning and, subject to approval by the NHL, will acquire an ownership stake in Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment.

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  Tags: tod+leiweke

Wayne Fleming Discusses Cherepanov’s Death

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Imagine watching one of your players dying. New Lightning assistant coach Wayne Fleming always will have that memory.

As coach of Avangard Omsk in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, Fleming saw one of his most gifted players, forward Aleksei Cherepanov, collapse into the arms of teammate Jaromir Jagr on the bench near the end of an Oct. 13, 2008, game against Vityav Chekov.

Team doctors tried on the bench and in the dressing room to revive Cherepanov, 19, who died that night at a local hospital of an apparent heart attack….

Is there anything you take from what happened?

From a team perspective, it was like taking a crystal vase and dropping it on the concrete floor and trying to pick up the shattered pieces. It was devastating. But it was the individual, too, that passed away. The thing that really hurts is not only do we lose a great player, we’re missing just a fantastic young man. He had a great smile on his face. He was the golden boy of the KHL.

read on

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  Tags: aleksei+cherepanov, khl, wayne+fleming

Yzerman Continues To Turn The Page

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

In the latest bit of housecleaning from the previous regime, the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday fired Norfolk coach Jim Johnson and roving goaltenders coach Cap Raeder. Somewhat of a surprise as both, especially Johnson, were lauded by Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman for the way they ran the recent development camp. Yzerman went as far as to say he and Johnson were “on the same page.”

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Would Asham Be A Fit In Yzerman’s System?

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The team, apparently, has inquired about free agent Arron Asham. Agent Jarrett Bousquet said he has spoken to Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, though he added he hasn’t spoken to Yzerman in about a week and characterized Tampa Bay’s interest only as “mild.”

The level of the Lightning’s interest is difficult to pinpoint. The team, under Yzerman, has adopted a policy of not commenting on potential player acquisitions, and Yzerman has been busy the past week or so with the acquisition of Simon Gagne in trade from the Flyers and the signing of two assistant coaches.

read on

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Tampa Bay Coaching Staff Almost Complete

from Erik Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

First-year Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher is close to rounding out his staff after naming two assistant coaches on Tuesday.

The Lightning hired Boucher’s two assistants with Hamilton of the American Hockey League last season, Daniel Lacroix and Martin Raymond. The trio led the Bulldogs to the Western Conference final in the AHL playoffs.

Boucher, who is leaving Thursday for a three-week family vacation, is expected to add one more coach to his staff.

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Florida Shows Up On The NHL Map

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Remember when both Florida teams were gong shows? Well, with Steve Yzerman in Tampa and Dale Tallon taking over as general manager in Florida, those days are gone.

Now, add into the recipe that there is no state tax in Florida, travel in the Eastern Conference is vastly superior to the West, and of course, the family is always happy to relocate to the kind of neighborhood where a millionaire in Florida might live, and you get quotes like this one from Simon Gagne:

“Tampa Bay was a team I was more than willing to waive my no-trade for,” Gagne said. “I really like the direction the team is headed in with a solid owner, Steve Yzerman as GM and coach (Guy) Boucher.”

When is the last time you heard a player say THAT about the Lightning? Give Tallon some time in Florida, and they’ll be talking that way about the Panthers as well.

Sunshine, the beach, low taxes, zero media scrutiny… It is just another example of why teams in Canada had better draft well, because landing big-name free agents is getting tougher and tougher.

more hockey topics…

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The Yzerman Plan

from Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune,

It’s an interesting way to go about his business, though. Yzerman told the world he’ll build the Bolts through scouting and player development, then acquired four 30-plus guys. And to clear space on the salary abacus, he added a guy who will be the third-highest paid player on the team.

It might seem like a backward way to build, but it makes sense.

No, it really does.

Getting older now allows the Bolts the chance to be more competitive immediately. Nothing’s worse than a three-year building plan that calls for lots of losing, especially when fans have been forced to swallow lots of losing already.

It’s tricky and I’m not sure I agree with all of it, but there is a plan there and that’s refreshing to see. While wandering in the wasteland the past three seasons, the Bolts’ plan seemed to be drawn up on the back of a napkin with a felt-tip pen that promptly ran.

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Wings Were One Of The Teams To Show Interest In Gagne

from John Boruk of CSNPhilly,

What were Gagne’s main deciding factors?  Would you believe: cap space. Ironically, he didn’t want to be with a team in a similar situation the Flyers had put themselves for a couple of reasons. Primarily, he is not looking at this as a one-year rental. That may or may not be the situation in Tampa Bay, but he wanted to know that there would be plenty of cap room to sign a multi-year contract past this upcoming season. 

Surprisingly, the Detroit Red Wings had expressed interest and wanted to add Gagne, but with less than $4 million in cap space, the idea of joining one of the most successful franchises in hockey didn’t seem too appealing. The same can be said for his hometown Montreal Canadiens. 

Ironically, it was conversations with former Red Wing and Tampa GM Steve Yzerman sold him on the idea that he could become part of the Lightning’s rebuilding process, and Gagne feels they are a playoff team that will only get better.

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  Tags: simon+gagne, simon+gagne

Report- Gagne Traded To Tampa

via Frank Seravalli tweet,

Flyers source confirms Simon Gagne has indeed been traded to Tampa Bay. Waiting to hear on the return.

added 2:34pm, via another Seravalli tweet,

Done deal: defenseman Matt Walker and a 4th round pick come back for Simon Gagne.

added 3:00pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

After a quiet week of little action on the NHL front, teams leapt back into the fray Monday, with the Philadelphia Flyers mitigating their salary-cap woes by sending Simon Gagne to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenceman Matt Walker and a fourth-round pick.

In the 30-year-old Gagne, the Lightning receive a proven goal-scorer that will help fast-track their rebuilding program launched under new general manager Steve Yzerman.

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added 3:57pm, from Lightning.com,

“In adding Simon to the Lightning today, we acquire a very talented player that will play along side our top forwards,” said Yzerman upon making the announcement. “With his combination of speed and skill we are excited to have him with us and grateful he was willing to waive his no movement clause. This trade not only makes us a better team in the short-term, it helps create long-term flexibility for us, which all along has been one of our top priorities.”

read on including Gagne quotes…

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  Tags: simon+gagne, simon+gagne

Lightning Will Remember The Past

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

In the hallway leading to the Lightning locker room at the St. Pete Times Forum, there is not one picture of the team celebrating its 2004 Stanley Cup title.

It is the same in the locker room, the players’ lounge, the weight room.

Think about that. The most memorable moment in franchise history gets zero play.

A glaring oversight, said right wing Marty St. Louis, who was part of that championship team.

“You’d like to see it,” he said, “and show the other guys what we’ve been through.”

That is the plan, said coach Guy Boucher, who wants those images where players can see them; a design makeover for those common areas he made sound like a history lesson, a tutorial and even a symbolic papering over of a culture of losing.

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