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from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,
...the Canucks certainly weren’t even on the same planet when it came to the $26.25-million, seven-year deal the Bolts threw at Ohlund the second his free agency set in.
“It was clearly time for me to move on, and for the organization as well,” Ohlund said.
Nothing exposed the weakness of his game more than last spring’s Stanley Cup series against Chicago, in which the Blackhawks’ young guns blew by him like he was a pinwheel.
A big pinwheel, mind you, but looking stationary by comparison.
By his own admission, Ohlund is having a subpar season with the Lightning, but when it comes to his strengths he’s as effective as ever, knocking Christopher Higgins head over heels on Saturday night, dislocating Henrik Zetterber’s shoulder with a crunching body check in December.
“He’s a guy that in close space is really good, like in the corners stopping the cycles,” Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet said. “And he’s a good guy in the locker room.”
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
No word on how badly Rene Bourque may be injured, how much time he’ll miss or what, exactly, is bothering him….
Bolts defenceman Kurtis Foster hopped out of the penalty box and slammed into Bourque from behind, leaving the Flames’ third-leading scorer dazed before heading to the locker-room.
“One, he’s an unsuspecting player. Two, it’s from behind. Make your own conclusion,” said Flames winger Jamal Mayers afterward.
“It’s gotta be a penalty.
“Any time you come out of the box, you can do that.”
Meet Jeff Vinik.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The Tampa Bay Lightning have been sold to Boston money manager Jeffrey Vinik.
An official announcement may come Friday afternoon after the final details were ironed out Friday morning. One source said Vinik will pay $170-million (all currency U.S.) in cash for the Lightning, the management lease to the lucrative St. Pete Times Forum and five and a half acres of land around the arena.
One thing that is certain is that neither Oren Koules nor Len Barrie will retain an interest in the team. Koules, the former co-owner with Barrie, was running the team by himself after a falling out with Barrie over the latter’s financial troubles.
This goal brings back memories of Guy Lafleur, Mike Bossy and others streaking down the wing and just firing.
We don’t see as many of these type of goals as we did in the past, but they sure are nice when they happen.
via Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Meetings that went through Monday and into Tuesday morning at the NHL offices in New York apparently have brought Boston hedgefund manager Jeff Vinik to the brink of buying the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Details are sketchy, and it was unclear how much more work has to be done. But Lightning co-owner Oren Koules apparently attended the meetings and at least representatives for co-owner Len Barrie and Vinik.
The deal would include the team, the St. Pete Times Forum lease and 5-1/2 acres around the arena.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
There are a couple of perfectly logical reasons why NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is feverishly brokering a deal to sell the Tampa Bay Lightning to Boston-based hedge fund manager Jeffrey Vinik.
First and foremost, it’s his job to do everything he can to have stable and well-heeled owners for all 30 NHL teams.
But there’s another far more personal reason: His integrity is on the line. After all, it’s Bettman’s regime that is, in large part, responsible for this mess in the first place.
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
Vinny Lecavalier did not exactly say he would not waive his no-move clause, but he clearly is in no hurry to leave the Lightning.
“I want to stay in Tampa,” the captain said. “I want to win with this team.”...
Lawton said there was “no new news” on the ownership front and the media were ahead of themselves.
“I would say the majority of the reports are, again, it’s just people wanting to say they had a story first,” he said. “Our team is operating as we have from Day 1, and as I have wished it to be, which is focusing on our on-ice play, and I’m very pleased with how that has been handled.
“All the other stuff, we respect people’s right to write whatever they like, but we don’t agree with it, and a lot of it is erroneous.”
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Sources say the sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning to Boston-based hedge fund manager Jeffrey Vinik is all but complete and could be official as early as Saturday or Sunday.
In fact, it’s believed that Vinik has already agreed to cover the Lightning’s payroll, which is due Feb. 15, as part of a deal that will be signed in the coming days….
It’s unclear whether Lightning governor and CEO Oren Koules of the OK Hockey Group will have any stake in the team, but it appears as though co-owner Len Barrie, who is experiencing troubles of his own with his Great Bear Resort near Victoria, B.C., will no longer be part of the ownership group….
Sources say there was a deal in place last June to trade Lecavalier to the Montreal Canadiens for goalie Carey Price, center Tomas Plekanec and a prospect, but the deal was blocked by Bettman after Barrie refused to approve the deal.
from Ken Campbell and Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
The Tampa Bay Lightning ownership fiasco could come to an end soon, but speculation that the team will deal captain Vincent Lecavalier is just beginning to heat up.
According to multiple sources, the NHL is negotiating the sale of the Lightning and the five-acre parcel of land adjacent to the St. Petes Times Forum from the OK Hockey Group to Boston-based financier Jeffrey Vinik for an estimated price of $170 million.
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