Tampa Bay Lightning

Content regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.

Alexeev Returning?

Tampa GM Jay Feaster stated on WDAE radio in Tampa today that there is a very strong possibility disgruntled Russian winger Nikita Alexeev will return to the Lightning for 2006-2007. Alexeev cannot be signed until July 1. Feaster was very optimistic a deal could be done with Alexeev. Feaster again hinted at the club using free agency to address their blueline needs. Stay tuned.

At Long Last, Lightning Acquire No.1 Goaltender

After weeks and months of waiting, the Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a No.1 goaltender. TSN is reporting Tampa Bay GM Jay Feaster sent left winger and alternate captain Fredrik Modin and recently signed goaltender Fredrik Norrena to Columbus for goaltender Marc Denis. While the Lightning gave up a significant amount to acquire Denis, the importance of the goaltending position was made crystal clear last season as co-No.1's John Grahame and Sean Burke struggled as the defending champion Lightning snuck into the playoffs as an eighth seed after Nikolai Khabibulin left for Chicago. More analysis to follow.

Bolts trade for new goaltender...

TSN is reporting that the Lightning have traded forward Fredrik Modin and goalie Fredrik Norrena to the Columbus Blue Jackets for goaltender Marc Denis. While I'm glad to see the Bolts finally got an NHL experienced goaltender, I'm not so sure that Denis is the guy that will lead the Bolts back to the Stanley Cup. From what I've seen of him over the past couple of seasons while watching him play for Columbus, he has shown some flashes of greatness but nothing consistant. Denis had a record last season of 21-25-1 with a 3.25 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. I guess at this point what's done is done and we'll all have to wait and see how he works out.

Sean Burke

I keep reading complaints about Sean Burke, and I'm confused. Why do people have such a problem with him? I read trade proposals and people are practically begging other teams to take him from us. I just dont get it. His overall record isnt the best. I'll admit that. This year was the first year since 2002-03 that he was over .500. It isn't like he just stood there and let the shots through. Yes, his glory days are over, but he was a good backup. Most nights he gave the team a chance to win (I say most, because no goalie can go an entire season without at least one bad night).

Lightning Say Good-Bye to 4

The St. Pete Times is reporting the Lightning did not extend qualifying offers to the following players: Center Martin Cibak (Tampa Bay), Forward J.F. Soucy (San Diego ECHL), Winger Dennis Packard (Johnstown ECHL), and Defenseman Gerard Dicaire (Springfield AHL). The move means all will become unrestricted free agents on July 1. Offers were extended to Lightning players Cory Sarich, Evgeni Artyukhin, Ryan Craig, Ruslan Fedotenko, and Dimitri Afanasenkov. Their rights will be maintained. Cibak was not expected to be back as he split last season between the ice and the press box. With GM Jay Feaster saying he wanted a more physical fourth line that can provide offense, the writing was on the wall for Cibak. This opens the door for either Nick Tarnasky (physical play) or recently signed Eric Perrin (offense) to step in. Both will compete with Tim Taylor for the third line spot, also. Soucy fell out of favor with the organization last season and was loaned out to multiple ECHL teams. Packard, a monster of a forward, never found his game after graduating from Harvard, and Dicaire, a promising young defenseman who almost made the Lightning squad out of junior, unfortunately had to battle injuries, ailments, and Lightning affiliate challenges in his young career.
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