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Stamkos Signing to be Announced Tuesday

From Brant James at Lightning Strikes:

The team will begin rookie camp in Victoria, B.C., by formalizing the signing of Steven Stamkos, its No. 1 draft pick in this season’s NHL Entry Draft.

Not surprisingly, Stamkos was offered the most lucrative possible rookie contract as allowed by the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement: three years with a base of $850,000 and a total package value of $2.4 million if he reaches all maximum achievable performance bonuses (a complex set of league-standardized criteria.)

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Tortorella’s Big Ticket

From the Boston Herald,

The big ticket on the carousel of coaching candidates that Garth Snow is running this summer belongs to former Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella, who is scheduled to meet with the New York Islanders general manager today.

Because he stands to collect $1.3 million for the remaining year of his Lightning contract, Tortorella can well afford to be choosy about his next job. That salary is slightly more than twice as much as former Isles coach Ted Nolan was believed to be making, but that’s what a 2004 Stanley Cup victory will get you. The Lightning’s obligation to Tortorella would be offset by whatever salary he makes in a new job this season.

continued… plus notes on the Bruins

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Ingrid’s Son A Star

from the Kingston Whig-Standard,

The youngster referred to the goalie as a “famous Canadian,” which might be a stretch but not in the north country. In this neck of the woods, Smith is a bona fide star, a local puckster who learned his trade in the shivering confines of the nearby tin-walled shinny barn in Piccadilly and now performs in grand arenas of North America, with and against the finest players on the planet.

Make no mistake, these are indeed heady days for Ron and Ingrid’s strapping son, the 161st player drafted in the 2001 NHL draft. Traded from the Dallas Stars to the Tampa Bay Lightning midway through last season, Smith recently inked a two-year, $4.4-million contract extension. More importantly, he now has an opportunity to become a No. 1 goaltender, something he would not have had in Texas as long as good friend and all-star netminder Marty Turco was turning aside pucks.

“It goes without saying that Mike has a bright future in the Lightning organization,” said the team’s vice-president of hockey operations, Brian Lawton.

more

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Islanders Interested In Tortorella

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

Former Lightning coach John Tortorella could be in line to take over the vacant head coaching position with the New York Islanders.

The Islanders have contacted Tampa Bay seeking permission to speak to Tortorella, the Tribune has learned. The Lightning have granted the Islanders their request to talk to Tortorella.

continued

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Mike Vernon Joins The Bolts

from the Tampa Bay Lightning,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired former NHL goaltender Mike Vernon as special assistant to the vice president of hockey operations today, owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced. Vernon’s duties will be to assist in hockey-related matters and to provide guidance to the team’s goaltenders.


“The Tampa Bay Lightning are thrilled to add a former Stanley Cup Champion to our staff,” vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton said. “Mike’s past experience and knowledge will be a true benefit to the organization and it will be critical to us as we continue to make changes within the team to improve it.”

continued

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Halpern Not Expected Back Until Late December

from Lightning Strikes,

Jeff Halpern’s knee is responding slowly, and the center likely won’t be back in the lineup before Christmas. When Halpern underwent reconstructive surgery on his right knee, the window for his return was the end of October to the end of December. Seems as if the Lightning is shooting for the later of the dates.

“It’s a big injury,” said Brian Lawton, the Lightning’s vice president of hockey operations. “There was a lot of atrophy.

more on the Lightning…

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Smith Goes To Camp With #1 Tag

from Lightning Strikes,

So much for the idea the Lightning lacked confidence in goaltender Mike Smith. Brian Lawton, the team’s vice president of hockey operations said Monday that the No. 1 job “is Mike’s job to lose,” and that the two-year, $4.4-million contract extension was a way “to instill some confidence in him. ... We wanted to eliminate any doubt where we stand. We are behind him 1,000 percent.”

continued

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Bolts Extend Mike Smith

via TampaBay 10,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Mike Smith to a two-year contact extension today, owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced.

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Lecavalier Contract Details

from TSN,

Vincent Lecavalier’s new deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning will carry him close to his 40th birthday.

The 28-year-old franchise centre signed an 11-year, $85-million contract extension with the Lightning that will kick in for the 2009-2010 season and run through the 2019-2020 campaign.

Lecavalier will earn $10-million per season in salary and bonuses for the first six seasons of the deal, before dropping to $8.5-million in 2016-2017, $4-million in 2017-2018, $1.5-million in 2018-2019 and $1-million and 2019-2020.

continued

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Sens Missed Out On Konopka

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

In the last 20 years, there have been few, if any, athletes to pass through Ottawa possessing more character, grit and toughness than Zenon Konopka.

And yet this week he was able to repeatedly drive along the 417, right by the Senators’ front door—an unrestricted free agent who would have jumped at an invite inside—before finally leaving town as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

What an absolute shame.

continued

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