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Sotnos 07-09-2008 08:13 AM

Confirmed: Roy & Gratton out, other notes
Buried at the bottom of today's article about Kolzig in the Times:


Forwards Andre Roy and Chris Gratton will not be with the team. ''It's pretty disappointing," Roy said. "I love the city and fans."

The team on Tuesday is expected to announce Vinny Lecavalier's nine-year, $77-million contract extension. A town hall meeting with Lecavalier, coach Barry Melrose and ownership will be that night at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa and is open to the public. … The Lightning will hold a rookie camp July 27-Aug. 2 in Victoria, British Columbia.
The Lecavalier stuff is known, the other part is news I think.

the_narrow_way 07-09-2008 08:28 AM


Bye Roy.
Bye Grats.

aapbolt 07-09-2008 08:36 AM

oh well
Oh well, I am sorry, in a way, to see Roy go he was fun to watch, except when he really lost his cool and there is no room for Gratton on this team unless he wants to center the 4th line and I doubt he will take that kind of pay cut or playing time cut. Good luck to both.

RSchmitz 07-09-2008 10:51 AM

They will be missed. Roy especially

Bolthed 07-09-2008 10:53 AM

Not by A LOT of fans (me included). Winning is the remedy for just about anything.

RSchmitz 07-09-2008 10:56 AM

a couple of alright players on the team whom I know will miss Roy.

Kowalski 07-09-2008 11:57 AM

Roy lightened the atmosphere in the locker room, but he didn't produce. I'm more surprised about Gratton, but I'm assuming they want Hall to take Grat's role. I understand, since hall is younger, about the same size, and cheaper. Both will get jobs somewhere else. Wouldn't be surprised to see both in our division next season.

Sean 07-09-2008 12:00 PM

Yeah that doesn't count for much. Its one thing with Vinny P cause he can actually play the game AND he keeps Lecavalier happy. Roy just makes jokes and take a shot every month or so. What a waste.

astro 07-09-2008 12:12 PM

Roy is a really cool guy. After one practice session, Roy, unlike most players, got out of his car and mingled with the crowd waiting outside the forum, in the cold and rain, for autographs. He was even posing for pictures. Kuba did come out to the barricade and some elderly lady from Quebec asked him if he was a goalie. It was funny. After that, I've always liked Roy. It's too bad that he let his temper get the best of him.

Best of Luck to ya Andre.

jaxbolt 07-09-2008 03:23 PM

Was Gratton let go because he hadn't fully recovered from his hip injury?

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