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Tampa Bay Sports ownership -- ridiculously inconsistent trickle of horrible

In light of recent events with the Bolts ownership, my friend Clark has put together a rather short summary of some of the goofy, odd, and downright bizarre facts about former and current Tampa Bay sports owners, with an accompanying poll.

No one from the league would comment, and neither would Koules nor Barrie. One person with...

No one from the league would comment, and neither would Koules nor Barrie. One person with knowledge of the situation begged off by saying he was under a "super gag order." But indications are that the hierarchy remains the same with Koules as CEO and governor and Brian Lawton as general manager and the point man when it comes to hockey operations. The belief is that both Koules and Barrie have to sign off on major player moves brought to them by Lawton, which is how it has been. That means if a potential trade for captain Lecavalier is discussed, it would need the approval of both owners and Barrie has made it clear he wants Lecavalier in the franchise, calling him a "generational" player.

Damien Cristordero -- reporting on Lightning Strikes.

Esposito implores: "Don't trade Vinny"

Tampa Bay Lightning team founder and NHL Hall of Famer Phil Esposito implored ownership not to trade team captain Vincent Lecavalier today in remarks to Ira Kaufman at the Tampa Tribune. "You treat a player like that with loyalty and respect because you know all the other players are watching. It's not Vinny's fault that they're overpaying him. Vinny has kept his mouth shut through all this turmoil. "If they deal Vinny, it's strictly money, period...It can't be spun any other way. If you think you're making your team better, fine, but don't trade Vinny for money. I've been there. It's the wrong thing to do."

Koules still calling the Shots (TBO)

Breaking from Erik at the Trib: Koules to remain in control of the Lightning, and Lawton in control as GM. More to come I would assume, and from other sources, regarding Len Barrie and the fate of team captain Vincent Lecavalier

Karri Ramo to KHL, and the Tampa Bay Lightning suddenly lack stability in goal

Tampa Bay touted the fact Mike Smith is coming back from Post concussion syndrom and that they were fully confident that their damaged goalie would be 100 percent for next season. With that and ownership instability, they just lost their #2 netminder.

NHL stars, Stanley Cup winners to don figure skates for TV competition

On a more light-hearted note, here's a reality show for you. And former Lightning player Stephane Richer is taking part in it. I wonder if we'll be able to see it here in the US somehow. This could be very funny.

Report: Goaltender Karri Ramo signs with Avangard Omsk

As if the Lightning don't have enough problems today... There are reports that goalie Karri Ramo has jumped to the KHL. This creates a huge mess in Net if Mike Smith is not fully recovered from his Post Concussion Syndrome come next season (and no one ever fully recovers from PCS).

"OK (Not Really) Hockey" indeed

Tampa Bay Lightning ownership falls down, goes boom. OK (Not Really) Hockey to meet with Gary Bettman today...

Draft Help - Centers and Wings (Hockey Basics)

In hockey, we've all heard about centers, wings, defensemen, and goaltenders. But what's really expected of players in each of these positions?

Lightning make scouting staff changes

It's necessary with the Bolts track record in the NHL draft to make staff changes and cuts... But painting it as not being partly financial dismisses recent history.

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