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 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.
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."
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
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.
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).
Former NHL exec says Lecavalier talk has died down and a move before July 1 unlikely, but doesn't rule out a move at later dateTampa Tribune Lightning beat writer Erik Erlendsson via Twitter (posted due to Erlendsson seldom tweeting news without sticking it in an article / blog post)
Posted over at Pension Plan Puppets, here's a great statistical breakdown of the NHL draft the past 15 years... You can take what you want and argue observations or conclusions but I find this to be intriguing none-the-less.
Are people simply distracted by the draft, or is there already a deal in place? Or, is this on the back burner until after the draft is over? Right now it's hard to say, but we should all have a better idea about that in about a week.
So Greg Logan, who has changed horses several times about the top pick in the draft, is now predicting Matt Duchene as the Islanders #1 pick in Friday's NHL draft. What an unlikely scenario. I wonder what the fallout in the draft would be from that? < end snark >