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Steen’s New Home

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2010 by davepoleck

It looks like Alexander Steen has find a home with the up and coming St. Louis Blues. Earlier this summer, he signed a four year extension with the team; and he has recently been named an assistant captain. That speaks volumes of the Blues faith in Steen as their other A’s are David Backes and Erik Johnson, two players that are going to be key to their continued progression.

Steen was one of the lone bright spots on a team that was full of offensive disappointments, finishing with 47 points in 68 games, many of those coming in the second half of the season. While the Blues top six is crowded, it looks like he will probably fit in on the second line and should be able to produce with the number of talented wingers they have.

Hey good job Toronto. Lee Stempniak for Steen and Carlo. Great deal for the team.

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.