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Lightning Could Be Adding Players

from Damien Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

GM Brian Lawton didn’t make any predictions as to what the Lightning will do at the trade deadline, but he said being part of the playoff race means the team could be a buyer.

That, and Lawton said prospective owner Jeff Vinik, who already is writing payroll checks, is open to adding payroll if the right deal comes along.

“I explained what we were doing as a management group, and it didn’t rankle Jeff,” Lawton said. “We’re looking to be aggressive. That’s the way we’ve been preparing for the last month and a half as we see how the team is doing. Our people are out doing what they should be doing to prepare a team that hopefully stays in the hunt for a playoff spot.”

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Koules Dreamed Of Making The Playoffs

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Oren Koules will be in Toronto Wednesday, overseeing the start of filming of Saw VII, the latest instalment of the immensely successful movie franchise that made him rich enough to be an NHL owner.

But it didn’t make him rich enough to be an NHL owner without partners, which is why his heart will be back in Tampa with the club he had to sell last week to Boston money manager Jeffrey Vinik.

“The part that hurts is when we finally got through the circus and got to concentrate on building, we had a pretty good team,” Koules said yesterday. “Not seeing it to the conclusion is hard. I always dreamed every day of making the playoffs. We have a chance to make the playoffs and that’s our goal.”

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  Tags: oren+koules

The Lecavalier Question

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

When the Montreal Canadiens make the transition from Bob Gainey to Pierre Gauthier later today – presumably on an interim basis to start – I suspect the one question that everybody wants answered is one that won’t be; and that is, what was the plan that Gainey actually had in mind for the 2009-10 season and not the one that was actually put in place, which involved throwing a lot of money at Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta and Mike Cammalleri. I suspect two things: One, that it wasn’t – and that the moves that he put in place were a fallback plan after his pursuit of Vincent Lecavalier fell short; and two, we won’t hear the definitive answer in a public forum, even if it would a lot of last year’s machinations into their proper perspective.

But like a lot of Habs watchers, you had to think that Gainey knew the value of putting a French-Canadian superstar such as Lecavalier in a Montreal sweater, and not just because of his heritage either.

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  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

It Was Time For Ohlund To Move On

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.”

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  Tags: mattias+ohlund

Flames Not Happy With Hit On Bourque

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.”

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  Tags: kurtis+foster, rene+bourque

The New Tampa Bay Lightning Owner

Meet Jeff Vinik.

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Report- Lightning Have A New Owner

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.

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  Tags: jeff+vinik

Stamkos With A Booming Shot & Goal

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.

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Lightning Sale Is Close

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.

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Is Bettman To Blame For The Tampa Ownership Mess?

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.

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  Tags: gary+bettman

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