While St. Petersburg Times sports columnist Gary Shelton summarizes ownership as the quick-draw-running-joke of the NHL, another punchline has come into play.
The Bolts have been one of several teams courtin’ and chasing Mats Sundin. The following blockquote characterizes why, in most part, it’s a joke that the team is one of ten with interest in Mats.
It would not be simple for Tampa Bay to make such a move. The team already has 14 forwards and it expects center Jeff Halpern (knee) to be ready by mid to late December. That means it would have to clear out roster and salary space. Sundin is expected to sign for about $7-million, pro-rated to the remainder of the season. If he signs on Dec. 12, that’s 60 days, one-third, into the season, so his contract would be for two-thirds of for whatever he signs.
The Lightning salary cap number is about $52-million. The limit is $56.7-million.
Finally, Sundin, who is good friends with Tampa Bay wing Gary Roberts, wants to play for a Stanley Cup. Where Tampa Bay stands in terms of pl
I’m not doubting Sundin’s ability. As a rent-a-player, however, and as another cog in a team that has no cohesion? Another big name with big expectations? It’s time, energy, and a financial commitment that management would best be spending elsewhere.