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from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,
THN: Do you plan on making more moves before the season begins or is your roster set?
BL: We’ll probably make another move or two, but that’s not definite. It’s very difficult to get things done right now, very quiet. Most people have already signed their teams for the year and are ready for the season to start.
You have a lot of teams up against the cap; a lot of teams with one-way contracts. I feel a lot better about our position this year than I did last year.
THN: Was Mattias Ohlund the one guy who you had targeted from Day 1?
BL: We had three guys on our list that we really felt would be beneficial and we really felt like we needed to get one of them to get back on track to respectability.
Mattias was on that list, the other two, of course, were Scotty Niedermayer and (Jay) Bouwmeester.
from Damian Critodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
What was it like working with owners Barrie called “owner operators”?
“Last year, I did not feel comfortable at all,” Lawton said. “We had three people making decisions, everybody knows that, and it leads to a discombobulated effort. As an organization we sat down and straightened that out. Last year, I was exuberant for the opportunity. Now, I’m excited for the structure we have.”
A structure in which Lawton, 43, of Cumberland, R.I., gained influence.
He is a sounding board on business matters for Koules, who handles much of the day-to-day running of the team and Times Forum. He also apparently is the tie-breaker on hockey matters if Koules and Barrie disagree.
“Those guys have told me I’m the final word,” Lawton said. “That’s what they’ve communicated to me. That doesn’t mean I don’t notify them or I don’t keep them abreast of it. ... But at the end of the day, the way it’s set up is that’s my call.”
Koules acknowledged, “We’ve given Brian the authority to take the lead role in everything we do from a hockey operations standpoint.”
more including some Vinny talk…
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Montreal Canadiens general-manager Bob Gainey has lashed out at Tampa Bay Lightning counterpart Bryan Lawton and the team’s ownership for “disgraceful” behaviour in leaking names they were interested in during trade talks for superstar centre Vincent Lecavalier.
Gainey said the wild speculation over Lecavalier, a Montreal native, was a significant distraction that helped derail his team in the second half of the season.
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
Two reviews in Friday’s 6-1 loss to the Flyers, both taking apparent goals away from Tampa Bay, were several minutes long and contributed to a game that took almost three hours.
“It can be detrimental to the product when the game takes so long,” Lawton said, adding he would like to see reviews completed in 90 seconds.
“You just don’t want to see it open-ended. If it takes four or five minutes, it is not conclusive.”
Lawton was clear he was not complaining about either of Friday’s decisions and said the league’s operations staff “are the most honorable people I’ve ever met.”
more on the Bolts…
OK, time to move on…
added 4:39pm, from Lightning Strikes,
As for Lecavalier, the calm and cool one showed a few cracks.
“I signed with Tampa for 11 years thinking I’d be here,” he said. “Obviously, it was a big decision for me this summer. The people in Tampa have been great to me, the team, we won a Stanley Cup here. It’s definitely been a stressful few days. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. But right now, it’s just rumors. That’s all it is.”
added 5:18pm, from Bolts Report,
And until either Vinny comes out and say he has no desire to leave the franchise or Lawton says emphatically that Vinny won’t be traded, none of this is going to go away. And just think of the zoo that will await Lecavalier when he heads to Montreal next weekend for the All-Star game.
“The biggest thing I want the players to know is that it’s really not acceptable last night to come out with a point against that team. I don’t know that it was in the past, but it definitely isn’t in the present. ... That was a team that was down, and we have to recognize that and develop more of a killer instinct. To their credit, they did what they had to do, but it shouldn’t sneak up on you.”
-Tampa GM Brian Lawton after the Bolts lost to New Jersey last night. More at Lightning Strikes…
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
Brian Lawton was elevated to the position of executive vice president and general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, co-owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced today. Lawton was hired as the team’s vice president of hockey operations on June 25, 2008. He continues to oversee all aspects of the team’s hockey operations department, including player procurement and development and minor league affiliate relations.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
...But the ensuing three weeks got to be so frenzied, so hectic, so exhausting, it’s amazing Lawton’s wavy brown mane hasn’t frizzled as if he actually was struck by a lightning bolt.
“It’s been kind of like the movie ‘Gladiator,’,” said the 43-year-old Lawton, reached in his office just before midnight earlier this week. “The gates open, and you’ve got to be ready for anything and make sure you’re not killed.”
In fact, Lawton has been the one doing the trampling. Since his June 25 hiring by owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie, the NHL’s biggest daily headlines typically come out of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Former NHL player and ex-player agent Brian Lawton has been hired to be the new vice president of hockey operations for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Sources tell TSN Lawton will oversee all aspects of the Lightning’s hockey operations for new owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie.
General manager Jay Feaster will remain as part of the management team.
Update 11:00am ET: From CBC, notes on Bill Barber’s resignation,
All smiles at the recent NHL draft, Bill Barber knew his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning was running out.
On Wednesday, the former NHL forward tendered his resignation as the team’s director of player personnel. Barber will stay in the role until Tuesday.
“It hasn’t been a secret to anyone in the organization that the travel these past few years has taken a bit of a toll on me,” Barber, who joined the Lightning before the 2002-03 season, said in a statement.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
One debate percolating these days centres on Tavares’ agent Bryan Deasley, a 38-year-old former Calgary Flames first-round pick – he never made it to the NHL – who hopes to make Tavares the underpinning of his player agent business. Industry sources say some rivals likely have already tried to poach Tavares.
“It’s nasty,” says Brian Lawton, a former NHL player who recently quit the agent industry to try to land an NHL management job. “I bet some of the big shops have tried to contact John two or three times already.”...
If Tavares becomes an NHL star, it would mean a payoff of at least $100,000 (all figures U.S.) a year for his agent, Lawton says. Most NHL agents charge between 2 and 4 per cent for on-ice earnings. (That means when Sidney Crosby signed a five-year, $43.5 million deal with the Penguins, his agent Pat Brisson’s take was probably between $870,000 and $1.7 million.)