Submitted by SJR1709 on May 23, 2006 - 17:20
TBO.com is reporting on their website that the Lightning has signed Junior sniper Justin Keller to a standard three year rookie contract. I'm glad to see this, that the Bolts are moving quickly to get their people under contract. In my opinion signing Keller, Lascek, and resigning Richards were top priorities and I'm glad to see Jay Feaster thought along those same lines. I think the two young junior stars along with the hopefully soon signing of Blair Jones will go along way to securing the future firepower of this organization. Along with the talent the Lightning already have on their roster, these young players, and the crop of talented young defensemen the organization has in it's stable, this should be a good team for years to come.
Submitted by SJR1709 on May 22, 2006 - 11:10
So I saw that the bolts locked up Brad Richards long term this morning. It's a good deal for him obviously, I mean who wouldn't like to make 7.8 million a year. We get him here 5 more years which is a plus because he is our top player and one of the best playmakers in the game. The problem is now with his new huge deal how does the team go out now and get a decent goalie and upgrade the defense? This worries me alot and it might be a sign that a strong youth movement is in the works for the team. We'll have some good forwards but the team will be young and inexperienced in many positions, this is trouble.
Submitted by pete on May 9, 2006 - 17:42
After insulting the Lightning organization and fan base by calling [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] "trash" and being made to look the fool by Chad Schnarr for claiming there hasn't been a good 8th round pick in a decade (Ryan Craig anyone?) I decided George Bachul must've had a rough day yesterday. So, rather than simply pick him apart I decided to do the right thing and e-mail him to discuss some of his misguided positions:
You and I need to have a little chat.
You see I didn't want to escalate the unpleasantness between our two websites by picking him apart without first giving Bachul the opportunity to explain himself. It only seemed gentlemanly to me. His response?
We have nothing to talk about. You have to show professional courtesy to
get professional courtesy.
Uh, George, that WAS your professional courtesy. But because you chose to act more like a petulant little child than someone legitimately interested in an honest discussion/debate about HockeysFuture's painfully terrible coverage and rating of Lightning prospects, you've left me no choice but to deconstruct your strain of misguided posts attempting to justify your organization's extremely poor product.
More on the flip:
Submitted by pete on May 8, 2006 - 17:38
Has there ever been a clearer indication of the stunning level of incompetence of HockeysFuture's writers than today's exchange between Chad Schnarr and HF writer George Bachul on HFBoards?
Bachul: [url=http://hfboards.com/showpost.php?p=5459100&postcount=15]You don't think there is a reason that Keller was an either [i](sic)[/i] rounder? But nice to see you have faith. You know how many impact 8th rounders there have been since 1997? NONE.(Andrew Ference is the best eighth rounder in the last 10 years.)"[/url]
Schnarr: [url=http://hfboards.com/showpost.php?p=5459437&postcount=16]"Well, you could start with the Lightning roster. Ryan Craig had 15 goals in 48 games with limited ice time and nearly singlehandedly turned around the PP. He was an 8th."[/url]
Wait, let that sink in. OK, now you know what to do next.
Submitted by pete on May 1, 2006 - 21:59
[b]The Bottom Line[/b]
The Tampa Bay Lightning finished 43-33-6 this season with 92 points, eighth in the Eastern Conference and second in the Southeast Division. In 2003-2004, prior to the lockout, the club finished with 3 more wins but 14 more points in the standings. The Lightning's goal production this year actually improved by 7 goals, but their defense declined by a shocking 68 goals (that is not a typo) and the team actually scored 8 less goals than it allowed this season. The most important number though is 15, as in the 15 less playoff games the team won this season after being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs 4 games to 1 by the Ottawa Senators.