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Submitted by pete on August 24, 2005 - 21:16
Today the Tampa Bay Lightning completed a trifecta of sorts [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/prdetail.cfm?pressreleaseID=1126&category=3]signing RW Martin St. Louis to a six year deal. [/url] Over the past two seasons, the core of the Tampa Bay Lightning has been, in my opinion, Dan Boyle, Nikolai Khabibulin, Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis. The unfortunate reality of the new CBA was that GM Jay Feaster was forced to try and re-sign 4 of his 5 core players under restrictive circumstances. Given the difficulties Feaster managed to sign Boyle, Lecavalier and St. Louis, and 3 out of 4 ain't bad. This is especially true considering the Lightning locked up one of it's two most important components (the other being Brad Richards) [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/prdetail.cfm?pressreleaseID=1122&category=3]Vincent Lecavalier to a 4 year deal.[/url] Lecavalier's [url=http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=133790]reported $27.5 million dollar contract[/url] seemed to spark a lot of controversy within the Lightning fan base, however. Lightning fans asked how the team could be held together with Vinny making so much money. They wondered if the deal would force out St. Louis or possibly Pavel Kubina or Brad Richards next season. And, above all, they cursed teams like Boston and Calgary for raising the contracts of young superstars like Joe Thornton and Jarome Iginla to the stratospheric heights of over $6 million dollars a season. Indeed, it's sometimes hard for me to believe a penny conscious team like Bill Davidson's Tampa Bay Lightning just committed roughly $50 million dollars to two players in the span of just a week. Is this the shape of the new NHL?
Submitted by chad on August 24, 2005 - 07:37
Contrary to an August 23 [url=http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/Sports/2005/08/23/1184225-sun.html]report[/url] in the London Free Press, the Tampa Bay Lightning will not be inviting London Knights center Drew Larman to its Traverse City, Michigan prospects camp. Lightning Head Scout Jake Goertzen, who is compiling the roster for the camp and tournament, said the report was false. Goertzen did confirm, however, that newly signed University of Massachusetts-Amherst center John Toffey will be added to the camp roster. Goertzen also indicated that tryout forward and QMJHL scoring star Maxime Boisclair is a good candidate to earn a pro contract out of camp, citing his statistical success and work ethic, although he remains a "longshot" to play in the NHL.
Submitted by pete on August 23, 2005 - 22:44
Defenseman [url=http://www.eurohockey.net/transfers/transfers.html?nationality=&country=&lastname=B&days=31]Henrik Bergfors has been released from his tryout by Brynas of the Swedish Elitserien[/url] according to eurohockey.net. In the summer of 2003 the Lightning attempted to sign the mammoth 2001 9th round pick, but contract talks failed and Bergfors soon signed with Wichita of the CHL where he had a season ending shoulder injury after just one preseason game. Bergfors spent last season with Adirondack of the UHL where he had 4 assists in 62 games.
Submitted by pete on August 23, 2005 - 22:06
The Swiss website eishockey.ch is reporting [url=http://www.eishockey.ch/news/detail.asp?ID=219935]Shane Willis has signed to play with HC Davos of the Swiss NLA. [/url] Willis joins Eric Perrin (Bern) and Eero Somervuori (Ambri Piotta) in the Swiss league this year.
Submitted by pete on August 23, 2005 - 20:25
The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2732.shtml]have signed C Justin Kelly and LW Randy Rowe.[/url]