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from Eric Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
The Fantastic Four is no more.
The quartet of pillars the Lightning built their franchise around is down to a trio after cornerstone center Brad Richards was traded Tuesday to the Dallas Stars in a five-player deal. In exchange, Tampa Bay received what it hopes will be a No. 1 goaltender in 25-year-old Mike Smith.
“I think it’s a good deal,” Lightning coach John Tortorella said. “And I hate saying that because Brad Richards is involved in it. But you put that aside and you think of the business part of it and how it helps your team.”
Tampa Bay Lighting trade Jan Hlavac to the Nashville Predators for a 7th round pick. [TSN]
According to Sportsnet television, Brad Richards has been traded to the Dallas Stars. TSN is reporting that it is not a done deal—it’s awaiting Richards approval.
Update 11:46am ET: TSN,
After much speculation, the Tampa Bay Lightning have finally traded one of their ‘Big Three’ forwards, sending centre Brad Richards to the Dallas Stars.
Richards, who makes $7.8 million a season through the 2010-11 camapaign, waived his no-trade clause for the deal to go through. He signed a five-year, $39 million contract in 2006, with his average annual salary more than twice the $3.4 million he made in his previous deal.
Update 11:53am ET: Trade also includes Johan Holmqvist from the Lightning, for Mike Smith, Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halperin (per Sportsnet SMS updates)
Alanah posted this at Canucks and Beyond late last night and probably is not the last time we hear a “Will Sign With” today.
As always, you be the judge…
from RossMcKeon at Yahoo,
The Dallas Stars will acquire Tampa Bay Lightning center Brad Richards in a multi-player trade and Atlanta Thrashers right wing Marian Hossa is heading to the Montreal Canadiens before the NHL trade deadline, an executive within the league said Monday night.
added 7:22am, from the Star-Telegram,
The Stars continued discussions Monday about acquiring forward Brad Richards from the Tampa Bay Lightning, and NHL sources said Stars backup goaltender Mike Smith was one of the players Dallas was dangling.
“We’ve talked today, but nothing’s happening,” Stars co-general manager Les Jackson said on the eve of today’s 2 p.m. (CT) trade deadline.
via Lightning Strikes,
The Lightning on Monday night signed defenseman Dan Boyle to a six-year deal thought to be worth $40-million.
via VERSUS, Flyers get Prospal for Alexandre Picard and a conditional pick in 2009.
Update 10:12pm ET: From the Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired center Vaclav Prospal from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a conditional draft pick in 2009.
And TSN notes it’s a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick.
Update 2:05am ET: TSN’s Scott Cullen breaks down the trade in detail.
I’ve been told that the Blue Jackets’ offer to Tampa Bay for Brad Richards is: right winger Gilbert Brule, right winger Dan Fritsche and defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.
That makes sense to me. I just talked to one those players’ agents, who said: “That makes sense to me, too.”
The Blue Jackets wouldn’t want to part with Brule, as he’s starting to really come on now. But, hey, you’re not going to get Richards without giving up at least one top prospect.
continued... and in a new post from P-r, he believes nothing will happen today with the Lightning.
from Bolts Report,
Things are so tense right now, it wouldn’t shock me whatsoever if John Tortorella is not behind the bench the next time the Lightning take the ice Wednesday against Minnesota.
There is word running through the grapevine that Koules and his partners want to pare back payroll to the floor, which this year is around $38 million. Can you imagine what this team will look like with a payroll under $42 million next season? You might want to get used to it.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Sources have told The Post that the Rangers’ interest in Boyle goes far deeper than merely acquiring the defenseman as a rental. Indeed, it is believed that GM Glen Sather would ask for permission to negotiate a long-term contract with Boyle, among the most feared power play quarterbacks in the NHL, prior to pulling the trigger on a trade.
The Boyle situation is complicated by incoming ownership’s strong preference that Brad Richards, whose contract runs for three more seasons at $7.8M, be moved as a pre-condition to keeping the defenseman
more on the Rangers…
Per Pierre McGuire speaking on FSN during the Pens/Sens game, a potential landing place for Brad Richards is Montreal.
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