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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.

Steen Proving Himself

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 8, 2010 by davepoleck

For those who remember, Alex Steen was a part of the deal that sent him and injury prone Carlo Colaiacovo to the Blues for now former Leaf, Lee Stempniak. While Lee’s time in Toronto absolutely sucked no matter how much opportunity he was given, Steen has grabbed hold of his on a roster that was completely underacheiving for the first half of the season. He now has 30 points in his last 31 games, including six in his last three.

The Blues have a ton of young players who have not yet reached their potential, but Steen is making a push to top them in the depth chart. Patrik Berglun, TJ Oshie and David Perron has all struggled this season. With Kariya and Tkachuk likely finding new homes as UFAs this summer, I expect the Blues to bring the RFA Steen back on in a top six role. He would be considered a veteran in a group that includes the three mentioned above, plus David Backes and other vet Andy McDonald.

If they decide to let him go, maybe the Leafs should show some interest in bringing him back and possibly wiping the slate clean of yet another horrible trade for their organization.

Stephen Weiss

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 21, 2009 by davepoleck

Speaking of hot streaks and the Flyers/Panthers game, how about Stephen Weiss!?! He has been on a absolute tear since mid November; 30 points in his last 22 games, including four tonight. Steven Stamkos was the early favorite to steal a spot on Team Canada; why has there been absolutely zero talk about Weiss? Likely because he is not only far removed from the centre of the hockey universe, but he is also long removed from being picked fourth overall in 2001. Good to see him finally living up to his billing.