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Time For More Changes In Tampa

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,

It has been a stirring collapse, this Lightning fold, which could roll on tonight with a loss to Carolina at the Forum.

It has probably cost head coach Rick Tocchet and general manager Brian Lawton their jobs, as it probably should.

Is there really any choice?

About a month ago, Tampa Bay w

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Steve Downie Slew-Foot Type Move On Sidney Crosby Today

FYI, Crosby has returned to the game.

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Steve Downie Can Actually Play

frrom Jeremy Sandler of the National Post,

One day in the not too distant future, Tampa Bay Lightning Steve Downie will be a cover story for all the right reasons.

Yes, the same Steve Downie who sparked a national furor when he knocked out three of teammate Akim Aliu’s teeth during a practice confrontation in 2005.

The same Steve Downie who received the fifth-longest suspension in NHL history—20 games—for leaving his feet to knock Ottawa’s Dean McAmmond into the boards during a pre-season game in 2007….

“He’s been one of our nicest surprises, not so much surprises from my end, I think maybe for the league,” Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said yesterday as the Lightning prepared for tonight’s game at the Air Canada Centre against the Maple Leafs. “He’s always had the tools. To me he’s upped his professionalism, his work habits. Guys love him in the locker room and he’s been a big part of our team this year for most of the year.”

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Evening Line

“He’s got no respect for the players, he’s been doing that for a long time.”

“He knew exactly what he was doing when he came with his shoulder.  He knew exactly that he was going to hit his head and that’s how guys get hurt.”

-Vinny Lecavalier on Matt Cooke.

“There are certain players in this league, that you tend to see on the highlights with hits like that.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it was given by Matt Cooke.  He’s a hard working player, I don’t want to take anything away from the way he plays the game but I think that there are times when guys are vulnerable and he still follows through.  If that hit is not a suspension, I don’t know what is.”

-Martin St. Louis also on Matt Cooke.  More at TSN.

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What The New Bolts Owner Brings To The Table

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,

Bettman longed for another Bill Davidson to make the Lightning winners again in the standings and the stands. He thinks the league, and Tampa Bay, has struck gold.

“If you had to computer-generate an owner for this situation, I think we got the right guy,” Bettman said.

Granted, a computer generation might be livelier than the new owner, who will shun the spotlight and not run hockey operations, a blessing since the yahoos on the way out thought they were the smartest guys in the dressing room. The new owner says he will not run this team. He says he’ll hire a “world-class CEO” to preside over the Lightning.

And Jeff Vinik said this, on March 5, 2010:

“I’m going to invest for the long term. This franchise is not going to be constrained by financial resources.”

Write that one down, kiddies.

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Afternoon Line

“My objective ... is to bring back a consistent winning hockey team and bring back the Stanley Cup to Tampa Bay.”

-Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik.  More on the official introduction of Vinik from the St. Petersburg Times.

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Halpern To Kings

Jeff Halpern of Tampa goes to the Kings per Bob McKenzie on TSN.

added 1:45pm, via Elliotte Friedman tweet,

Halpern deal is for Purcell and a 3rd—according to Tim Wharnsby

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Time For Lecavalier The Leader To Show Up

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,

The Lightning are coming off the Olympic break, the one they went into reeling. Vinny Lecavalier led the way, reeling right along. It’s time for No. 4 to get off his butt, or his contract, and be a captain and lead a playoff charge, score like a shooting star, perform like the highest-paid player in the National Hockey League.

Don’t hold your breath.

That Vinny doesn’t play here anymore.

Vincent Lecavalier is making $10 million this season, more than Sidney Crosby, more than Alex Ovechkin, more than anyone. Did you know that? Some nights it’s like common thievery. Vinny is shortchanging his team - and his own talent.

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Afternoon Line

Clearly, Lawton and Tocchet are not in the same book right now, let alone on the same page. And that is not what is best for this team.

And once again, the hockey world is taking notice of just how dysfunctional things are being run down here in Tampa in the past 24 months and waiting to see what happens next.

-Eric Erlendsson of Bolts Report.  Read more on the state of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Clean-Up Needed In Tampa

from Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune,

If my name is Jeff Vinik and I’m about to complete the purchase of the Tampa Bay Lightning, there is one more caveat before I sign the deal.

I want a broom - a big one - and I want to sweep the Forum clean. It’s non-negotiable.

Given the events of the last couple of days, it’s reasonable to ask just who the soon-to-be owner of Tampa Bay’s hockey team can trust over on Channelside Drive. General Manager Brian Lawton? Rick Tocchet, the head coach?

The guy who runs the Zamboni?

Anybody?

Who could blame the new owner if he starts sweeping at the top and doesn’t stop until he reaches the bottom floor.

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