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Bolts Won’t Do Much UFA Shopping

from the St. Peterburg Times,

“I just don’t see us being a player in the unrestricted market on the NHL level,” Feaster said. “We’re going to play at the depth player level.”
That means any significant acquisitions will be made primarily through trading draft choices and prospects.
“But we’ll also evaluate guys who still have time on their contracts here,” Feaster said. “It may be there are guys here who at the end of the season maybe we need to move on.”
The Lightning has said it plans to hold payroll to $40-million next season, $4-million less than this season’s salary cap. Next season’s cap has not been determined.

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Bolts May Go The “Minors’ Route

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Karri Ramo said he has no indication about when, or if, he will play for the Lightning this season.
But considering what coach John Tortorella had to say, the goaltender, called up Monday from AHL Springfield, better keep his game face ready.
“He is part of the equation,” Tortorella said. “He’s not here to see his teammates so he knows them better during camp next year. We’re going to make decisions accordingly. Do I want someone to take the ball and run with this and be consistent? That’s what we need.”

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The Deal That Wasn’t

from the Toronto Sun,

Imagine a Maple Leafs team that featured a one-two punch of Mats Sundin and Vincent Lecavalier up the middle.
It almost happened.
Unfortunately, Leafs fans must deal with the bitterness of what might have been, especially with Lecavalier now enjoying an MVP-type season at just 26….
Bill Watters, the Leafs assistant general manager at the time of the proposed Lecavalier swap, recalled how close the trade came to fruition.
“Our scouting staff, Pat Quinn, everybody was so excited at the time because the deal was pretty much done and the media didn’t have a sniff of it,” Watters said.

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Still No #1 In Tampa

from the CP via the Hockey News,

The gap between Denis and Holmqvist hasn’t widened much since. Both have had hot and cold runs this season in Tampa and Tortorella has made it clear that he hasn’t decided who will be the starter in the playoffs.
Denis currently seems to hold the upper hand. He’s posted consecutive wins over Edmonton and Calgary and expects to get the start on Tuesday night in Toronto.
But he knows he’s only as good as his next game.

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Lecavalier Not Going Anywhere

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

“When I became GM, I didn’t think it was the right thing to do to trade Vinny. I said I won’t be the guy who traded Vinny Lecavalier — that won’t be my legacy,” Feaster said. “Since then, he has been MVP of the World Cup of Hockey, helped us win a Stanley Cup and win two division titles and chasing a third, and he’s on the verge of being the leading goal scorer of the National Hockey League. Why would I consider it now?”
The message is clear: The Lightning aren’t going to trade Lecavalier this summer.

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