So, someone please correct me if I'm wrong but didn't we (Tampa) have the worst overall record in the league last year? Yes, sadly I do believe we did. With that said though that should give Tampa the first crack at players that are put on waivers from other teams around the league. With that said, how in the world could the Tampa brass have passed on claiming a talented young D-man like Kyle Quincy who was put on waivers by the Wings and picked up by the LA Kings. Quincy who has been hidden in the Wings system for a while now was a numbers casualty in their system.
As reported on 620 WDAE and now TSN.ca the Lightning have traded away Shane O'Brien and Michel Ouellet for D Lukas Krajicek and RW Juraj Simek.
Ouellet will be reporting to Manitoba and O'Brien to Vancouver.
I would assume Krajicek will report to Tampa and Simek to Norfolk but no official word on that.
TSN.ca is reporting that Ottawa has traded Andre Meszaros to Tampa Bay for Kuba, Picard, and the 1st round pick they got from San Jose. While picking up franchise D-Man like Meszaros is a great pick up, I don't understand why some of the extra forwards Tampa has weren't involved instead. I'm not upset about giving up the 1st round pick or Kuba, but Picard is a young guy who came in here and turned some heads at the end of last year. I was looking forward to seeing him progress and develop in our system.
After a flurry of activity earlier this summer, the Lightning's offseason has finally slowed down. So, I think this is a good time to take stock of everything that has happened so far. There has never been a time in Lightning history where both the roster, the coaching staff, and front office of this franchise has changed so dramatically. The incredible multi-dimensional makeover of the Tampa Bay Lightning has rightfully generated a lot of interest in the upcoming season, and a lot of credit has to be given to OK Hockey on that account. It's not always easy to generate a significant buzz for a team that finished dead last in the NHL last season, and it's a credit to this group's salesmanship that the trade of two of four members of the ex "Fantastick Four" (Brad Richards and Dan Boyle) hasn't been accompanied with a sense of doom in the fan base.
That said, I think anyone with unbridled optimism for the Lightning this coming season needs to ratchet down expectations to a more reasonable level. The simple truth is that OK Hockey has made several risky moves and the outcome of those moves won't be known for months. What we should all be left with, I think, is what I would deem an "uneasy anticipation" for the coming season.
Added a new link today to contracts up on the primary links bar above. This page is a storehouse for contract information about players in the organization, and initially contains the lists of upcoming restricted and unrestricted free agents.