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Tampa Bay’s Revolving Door

God, I love the Tampa Bay Lightning. Every time you think they’ve settled down, the do another thing to stir the pot. This time, Radim Vrbata told ownership that he wants to go home because his confidence is low. I believe that’s the hockey equivalent for “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!” or “You guys are freakin’ bonkers!”

Oh, and Chris Gratton was waived too. So let’s look at significant transactions since the start of June. Guys in bold have already come and gone with the team.

June 3   Fired John Tortorella
June 24   Named Barry Melrose head coach
June 30   Gary Roberts   Signed as free agent
June 30   Ryan Malone   Signed as free agent
June 30   Vaclav Prospal   Signed as free agent
July 1 Radim Vrbata  Signed as free agent
July 4   Matt Carle  Traded from San Jose for Dan Boyle, Brad Lukowich
July 8   Mark Recchi   Signed to one-year deal
July 11   Chris Gratton  Signed to one-year deal
July 11   Resignation of GM Jay Feaster
August 29   Andrej Meszaros   Traded from Ottawa for Filip Kuba
Oct 2   Michel Ouellet   Sent to minors
Oct 6   Lukas Krajicek   Traded from Vancouver for Michel Ouellet
Oct 21   Matt Pettinger   Claimed off waivers
Oct 23   Marek Malik   Signed as Free Agent
Nov 7   Matt Carle  Traded to Philadelphia for Steve Eminger, Steve Downie
Nov 14   Fired Barry Melrose
Dec 8   Radim Vrbata  Placed on waivers
Dec 8   Chris Gratton  Placed on waivers

As you can see, a good chunk of the “important pieces” Tampa brought in during June and July were so damn critical that they’ve been jettisoned already. So, um, anyone want Tampa Bay’s sloppy seconds?

(Sorry, that one was too easy.)

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