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Downie is a nutbag

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2010 by davepoleck

….and I love it. How can I say I like Steve Downie, but hate David Perron for faking his injury last night? I never really had respect for Downie in the first place, so those kind of actions are expected from him. The good stuff starts about half way through the video.

Who would have thought there would be so much animosity between the Kings and Lightning? And just to drill this point into the ground even more, these two teams were 30th and 29th after the 2008 season. They drafted Stamkos and Doughty. Tampa sits at 7-2-3, while LA is tops in the League at 9-3-0. Maybe if Toronto had realized out of the lockout that they didn’t have the pieces to win, they could be in a similar situation right now. And the 40+ year rebuild continues.


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 15, 2010 by davepoleck

Here is the clip of Steve Downie taking down Crosby early in yesterday’s game. I say taking down, but some may think Crosby was shot based on his reaction. No bullet holes were found.

Future of the Lightning

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 11, 2010 by davepoleck

Steven Stamkos has a chance to extend his point streak to 18 games tonight against the Leafs. Over the past 17 games, he has 16 goals and 15 assists! The last time he was held pointless was January 18 against Carolina. Three games prior to this phenomenal streak starting, Stamkos also had 10 points in 5 games.

Last season and even coming into this season I thought the Lightning would be stupid to trade Vincent Lecavalier. That would have just sunk the franchise even more than it already is. Now, with Stamkos breaking out in only his second season in the League and on pace for almost 100 points (Lecavalier’s highest is 108 points), the Lightning might be willing to move Vinny’s big contract. He is being paid a whopping $10 million until 2015/16, and then decreasing values until 2019/20.

Looking at the Lightning roster, they have key pieces on forward and defense with Stamkos and Hedman, aging forwards Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, Ryan Malone, and solid young players Steve Downie and Ted Purcell. After that, the Lightning development system is pretty thing.

Moving Lecavalier would fit into the category of a superstar deal, but differs from the recent Kovalchuk deal because Vinny is not a free agent at the end of the season (or the next 9). With that much left on his deal, and that high of a contract, it would ensure that the Lightning get not only solid roster players, but also some draft picks. Any team taking on $10 million in salary is going to have to unload some talent.

Look for the rumours to start swirling about this deal if the Lightning are eliminated from the playoffs. The last spot is going to be up for grabs over the next month. The Bruins have a three point lead over the New York Rangers. If someone in the East can’t catch the offensively starved Bruins, something needs to be done about the Conference structure in the NHL. But that is a topic I have already discussed.