"Goaltending Makeover is NOT Finished!"

The Lightning organization has made clear to Bolt Prospects that [url=fredrik-norrena]Fredrik Norrena's[/url] signing is just the first step in a series of offseason moves the team intends to make between the pipes. The Lightning are unsure what the 32 year old Norrena will be able to bring to the table for the team right out of the gates but they expect him to be a legitimate contender for the team's number one job in camp. The team also has indicated it is still looking for a veteran goaltender to play in Springfield next season and intends to place just one prospect netminder with the Falcons and two with the Johnstown Chiefs. On the contract front, negotiations with goaltending prospect [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] and center [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] continue to move at a painfully slow pace. The Lightning hold Ramo's rights until the summer of 2008, but with Ramo establishing himself at the SM-liiga level and able to earn elite league money in Finland, the situation appears to be at a stalement. The situation looks similarly deadlocked with Jones, who appears to be headed back to Moose Jaw for another year of junior unless progress can be made in negotiations over the summer. The Lightning will hold Jones' rights until the summer of 2007.

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Norrena

Pete, I read that initially Norrena (or his agent) led the Lightning to believe that he (Norrena) was ready to come to North America a few years back. Feaster was said to feel he was mislead or lied to. Now I read the once again an agreement was reached yet Norrena "backed out" due to Family problems. Can you add any insight about "the problems"? Also, a 1 year deal would make hime a UFA after the contract expires correct? Oh and by the way YOUR THE MAN!

Re:Norrena

"Family problems" probably isn't the best way to phrase what happened last year. Norrena's wife was expecting right around the time Fredrik was supposed to sign the deal they agreed to and my guess is he just didn't want to either uproot them at that juncture or leave her in Sweden to take care of the newborn alone. I think it's perfectly understandable why he backed out, it's the timing that really burned the Lightning. They had completed the deal and all it needed was a signature when Norrena decided he couldn't leave Sweden, and I'm sure Jay thought (rightfully) that was something Norrena could've decided on and told them at the start of the process. Because Norrena didn't come over, and the timing of it, there was no opportunity to for the Lightning to get another veteran netminder in Springfield. Even Pelletier was off the market to Rochester at that point, and it really hurt Eklund and Coleman to be thrown into that situation with no mentorship, in my opinion. In 2002 when the Lightning first tried to sign him, the sticking point was that he wanted a 1-way contract, but he came off that demand in '03. By that point though, we had Grahame as backup and there was no urgency to sign Norrena because of it. I'm not sure what his free agent status will be at year's end. We will have to check with the Lightning at some point.

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