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SY traded away on Carter Ashton?????

Ok, now that this day is over with, I've had some time to think and gather my thoughts on how the Lightning fared today. There were only three trades and they were all to acquire defencemen.

The trades:


Conditional 7th round pick in 2013 to the Red Wings for D Mike Commodore

I think the trade for Commodore is just to help our defense finish off the year since Hedman is out with injury again. Commodore is a UFA this summer and I don't think Yzerman has an intention on giving Commodore a contract past this season.

No idea on what the condition on the 2013 pick is


F Carter Ashton to the Leafs for D Keith Aulie

I can see why he traded for Keith Aulie, but really, in exchange for Carter Ashton? Egads. Ashton was our 2009 1st round pick that I heard was playing well in his first full season with Norfolk. Aulie came to Toronto from Calgary in the Dion Phaneuf trade and played for Guy Boucher in the world juniors in Ottawa. Aulie played 6-foot-6, 217 pounds, has played in 17 games with the Maple Leafs this season and 23 games with the Marlies.

The PPP says he was traded because Keith Aulie is "not being very good at defence". Awesome. But then again, our defence is not very good at defence. So in an effort to get better, with time and patience this trade could work out in the long run. As with Hedman, defencemen just need time to mature.


D Matt Gilroy to the Senators for D Brian Lee

Gilroy's first season with the Lightning turns out to be a one year thing and this 2009 Hobey Baker winner is on his way to another team in exchange for the younger, Brian Lee. He's an RFA this season, 24 and making $875,000. He was not loved in Ottawa because he didn't live up to the expectations with the other players drafted near him in his draft class, which were Marc Staal or Anze Kopitar and Marc Staal or Anzer Kopitar he is not. But with our low expectations and jobs aplenty in Tampa, Lee might stand a chance here.

So there you have it. Three more trades to add to the departure of Moore, Kubina and Downie for draft picks.

Today it felt like the Lightning changed up their defence but not for players that make me feel like we improved our defence at all. I feel kind of empty from today's trades and want to ask how this makes our defence better? Aulie and Lee have potential but there's still lots of work to do to improve our defence.
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) February Tue, 28 Feb 2012 03:07:45 +0000
Game 60: Lightning 3, Jets 4 http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/game-60-lightning-3-jets-4.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/game-60-lightning-3-jets-4.html

43 goals and 73 points bitches

The three goal third period comeback was not enough...but it did make up for the whipping of a 1st and 2nd period that we witnessed]]>
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) February Fri, 24 Feb 2012 05:53:24 +0000
Lightning pick up Tim Wallace off waivers http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/lightning-pick-up-tim-wallace-off-waivers.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/lightning-pick-up-tim-wallace-off-waivers.html
Press release from the team:

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have claimed forward Tim Wallace off waivers from the New York Islanders today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Wallace, 6-foot-1, 207 pounds, has played in 31 games with the New York Islanders this season, collecting one assist and six penalty minutes. He’s also skated in 24 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League, recording nine goals and 20 points. Wallace ranks tied for fourth on the Sound Tigers in goals and seventh in points.

The Anchorage, Alaska native has played in 55 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Islanders over four seasons, collecting three assists and 18 penalty minutes. He recorded his lone assist this season against the Lightning on December 6.

The 27 year-old has skated in 328 career AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Sound Tigers, posting 84 goals and 157 points. Wallace set career highs in the AHL during his 2009-10 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton when he registered 27 goals and 41 points. He’s appeared in 55 career Calder Cup playoff games, compiling four goals and 17 points.

Want to know more about him, Peter Pupello has written a getting to know Tim Wallace article]]>
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) February Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:05:53 +0000
Thoughts on the Steve Downie trade http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/thoughts-on-the-steve-downie-trade.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/thoughts-on-the-steve-downie-trade.html

Yesterday I stepped away from twitter for about two hours to do some work and in that span Yzerman continued to grow his stockpile of draft picks. His latest move of trading Steve Downie away for basically a 1st round draft pick was a bit of a shock to most fans. It was expected to see Dominic Moore and Pavel Kubina be traded, but I don't think many saw Downie being the next to go.

Over the years Steve Downie has grown on this fanbase and most fans have become quite protective of him. And by protective, I mean really protective to the point that they have lashed out at me on twitter for hating once for a Downie for a douchbag moment that I called out.

He came with baggage when he was traded with Steve Eminger from Philadelphia to the Lightning in exchange for Matt Carle. He matured in his few seasons here and really showed that he can do more than a recklass player. His reputation did not go away quite as quickly in comparison to how quickly he gained supporters in Tampa, and Downie often getting reputation penalty calls made against him. But for the most part, I think it can be agreed upon that Steve Downie proved here in Tampa that he could actually play. He still had moments of mental lapses, but he also outperformed expectations of him as a plaery. So with any trade of a key player that was one of those character guys, there is a feeling of loss with his trade to Colorado.

Today Erik Erlendsson tweeted that Steven Stamkos, who was his road roommate, said that it was difficult to see a good friend be dealt today. So it's not just loss on the part of fans, but by players too.


But we all want this team to be better in the long-run and GM Steve Yzerman feels that drafting a lot of young players now is the way to do it. This particular trade was rather bold but there is no way to tell how much or little of an impact this will make until we revisit it in a few season. Downie was an RFA this year and Colorado has a need for a forward of his style, so this was a fit for both teams.

Puck Daddy wrote a post a little bit earlier on whether the Avalanche knew that Yzerman was turning Kyle Quincey into Detroit's 1st round pick. Interesting read for sure. From what I read in addition to Yzerman's answers during his press availability tonight, the answer seems to be yes but that in the end, this three-team deal achieved what each team was looking for. Colorado got a forward, Detroit got a defenceman and the Lightning got a most likely late 1st round draft pick.

In Yzerman's own words:

Initially, the discussions were with Colorado about Kyle Quincey. I thought more about him and talked to other general managers around the league as to what they were looking for and his name came up. You take everything into consideration: contract status, where they’re going to fit on your team, the type of player they are, and we had to think if we wanted Kyle Quincey or a first-round pick. I thought we should take the first-round pick.

And here is Yzerman on why he traded away Downie, Moore and Kubina:

Obviously, I traded three players for draft picks. These moves are made to make us better in the future. Any situation that comes along from today through the trade deadline and into the off-season is something we’re willing to look at. Our picks give us options. My goal is to win a Stanley Cup here, and I think we have to do some tough and difficult things along the way to do that. We need young players. We need to draft well and build that way, and this was an opportunity to take advantage of that and acquire more picks, and relatively high picks. The message to our players has been that I want to win a Stanley Cup and I’m going to do what I have to do to get us there.

When I got home last night and watched Sportsnet it bothered me that when they discussed this trade that a large portion of the highlights they showed of Downie was his fights in the league. Fighting is part of his game, but it's more part of his style of playing with emotion. He works really hard every shift on the ice and his ability to keep up with one of the best players in the league is what made him a favorite in Tampa.

thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) February Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:49:23 +0000
Game 59: Lightning 3, Ducks 2 - Another win http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/game-59-lightning-3-ducks-2-another-win.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/game-59-lightning-3-ducks-2-another-win.html
The game started quick with a powerplay goal by our long-haired golden boy Steven Stamkos just 28 seconds in:


That's number 41 fans.

Late in the 1st period Stamkos ups the lead by scoring his 42nd goal of the season:


This guy is unstoppable.


If I ever start tucking my t-shirt into my pants and wrapping my sweatshirt around my waist like the lady on the left there, please commit me for having no fashion decency.

40 seconds into the 2nd period Saku Koivu scores to make it 2-1

But a goal by Purcell two minutes later gives the Lightning the game winner and gives Purcell his 15th goal of the year:


It also gives him one of the most awkward victory photos ever.

Speaking of weird photos, this one of the guy working some voodoo magic on Niklas Hagman is a bit off.


Looks like he's trying to pet him. Creepy


Bobby Ryan scores to make it 3-2 late in the 2nd but they don't tie up the game in the third and the Lightning win 3-2.

thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) February Wed, 22 Feb 2012 05:14:47 +0000
Lightning acquire Brandon Segal for Matt Fornataro http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/lightning-acquire-brandon-segal-for-matt-fornataro.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/lightning-acquire-brandon-segal-for-matt-fornataro.html And here is the press release via the team:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Brendon Segal from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Matt Fornataro today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Segal, 6-foot-2, 209 pounds, has played in 53 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League this season, collecting 13 goals and 25 points, to go along with 63 penalty minutes. Segal ranks fourth on the IceHogs in goals and is seventh in points.

The Richmond, British Columbia native has played in 92 career NHL games with the Lightning, Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings, collecting 11 goals and 22 points. He played in two games with Tampa Bay during the 2008-09 season, including his NHL debut on March 3 versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was originally drafted by the Predators in the fourth round, 102nd overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

The 28 year-old has skated in 508 career AHL games with the Milwaukee Admirals, Portland Pirates, Norfolk Admirals, Manchester Monarchs, Texas Stars and Rockford IceHogs, collecting 120 goals and 233 points.

thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) February Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:06:18 +0000
Yzerman orchestrates 3 team deal, trades Downie to Colorado http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/yzerman-orchestrates-3-team-deal-trades-downie-to-colorado.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/yzerman-orchestrates-3-team-deal-trades-downie-to-colorado.html
Via press release from the team:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft as well as defenseman Sebastien Piche in a three-team trade today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning traded forward Steve Downie to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Kyle Quincey. Tampa Bay then sent Quincey to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for their first-round pick and Piche.

The Lightning now have two first-round picks in 2012 along with a maximum of four and a minimum of three selections in the second round.

Piche, 6-foot, 202 pounds, has played in 42 career AHL games with the Grand Rapids Griffins, recording five points (0-5-5). This season he has played in 22 games, notching three assists. Piche signed with the Red Wings as a free agent on April 12, 2009.

Piche has been assigned to the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

Pack your longjohns Downie, life is not a beach anymore.

thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) February Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:59:29 +0000
Mattias Ohlund to have major knee surgery http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/mattias-ohlund-to-have-major-knee-surgery.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/mattias-ohlund-to-have-major-knee-surgery.html

Mattias Ohlund has played not one game this season. He may never play another in his career, but he's not going down without a fight. He previously went arthroscopic surgery during the summer that helped on his right knee but not on his left. Today it was announced that he will undergo major surgery on his left knee, which maybe his best hope at saving his career.

Damian Cristodero reports that the surgery will take place on Thursday in the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and will be performed by orthopedist Anthony Miniaci.

According to the Tampa Bay Times:

The complicated procedure performed by noted orthopedist Anthony Miniaci will use a thin layer of titanium to resurface the bottom of the femur behind the kneecap. That should create a cushion where cartilage that usually covers the bone has flaked off to such an extent there is painful bone-on-bone rubbing at the patellofemoral joint.

There is no timetable for his rehab, only that this will take months not weeks. And he may never player again, but he says "I don't know if I want to put it in those terms," he said. "But this is a major procedure. Everybody seems quite optimistic I'm going to get better."

Apparently he has become quite the assistant while watching games in the press box, but doesn't think of himself as more than just a player "I'm not a coach. I'm a player," Ohlund said. "I watch the games like every other player who watches games. If they ask me for some input, I'm happy to give it. But clearly, I'm not a coach."]]>
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) February Tue, 21 Feb 2012 04:45:52 +0000
Kubina on leaving the Lightning and being with the Flyers http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/kubina-on-leaving-and-being-with-the-flyers.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/kubina-on-leaving-and-being-with-the-flyers.html great post on Pavel Kubina leaving the Lightning and how it was an emotional departure for the vereran on his second stint with the Lightning.

Here is an exeprt from the article:
"Steve (Yzerman) brought me to the office a couple of days ago and asked me for a list of five teams," Kubina said. "He said, 'We would like to move you,' and after that he sent me home."

Kubina never supplied the list, but the trade came about quickly anyway.

"I was just sitting home, waiting for what was going to happen. I could have come up with a list of five teams but I didn't do it," Kubina said.  "I could have waited another seven days to do that, but when I spoke to Steve (Yzerman) about Philly, I thought it was the right thing to do.

"He told me there was a great offer coming from Philadelphia and after that I thought about it: it's a great team, a mix of young players and stars and obviously players like [Flyers forward Jaromir] Jagr, and it's a very good team. I thought about it and talked to my family. I love playing hockey and it's another chance for me to go and play for a great team and a Stanley Cup contender and be in the playoffs again."

He was very honest in saying that he thought the "Lightning are getting a lot for me". "I'm 34 years old and they got a second and a fourth round pick, so that's a lot for me." (NHL.com) For that honesty and his hard work with the team, I wish only the best of luck for him. He was a gamer and played a physical style that I think has gotten overlooked during the past two seasons. We've talked a lot about Hedman's improvement and Brewer's impact, but a lot can be said for Kubina coming bac to sign with the team he get drafted by.

He didn't mince words when talking about talking about coming back or his exit out, and I feel like there is a mix of anger and dissappointment when he says this about how he saw his career ending:
"To be honest, when I signed to come back here (in 2010) I had better offers from other teams; more years and for more money, and I took this deal because this team belongs to my heart and I spent so many great times here. I was drafted by Phil Esposito (seventh round in 1996), then we struggled so much for a few years -- I had a chance to grow up in the NHL and play here for around 700 games. I grew up as a player and then we won the Stanley Cup and I made so many good friends here, so many friends for life. I met so many good people, it's hard to leave and like I said, this team will always belong to my heart.

"I always thought this team, even when we were out of the playoffs by eight or ten points, I still hoped that we would make the playoffs. This is a great group of guys and we proved it last year; this year was pretty much the same team. We struggled this year, but this team is still fighting for a playoff spot and now they are only six points out and they have a great shot at it, so I was a little disappointed that Steve lost the patience and the hope for us."

If he does well in Philly, we may still see Kubina in the future, though in a Flyers jersey. Today in the Philly blog Broad Street Bull, he says “If I play well for this team and they want me, I don’t want to go anywhere and test the water,” he said. “That is the way I am and hopefully it will go that way.”
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) February Tue, 21 Feb 2012 04:27:07 +0000
Link: Getting to know Kalinski... http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/link-getting-to-know-kalinski.html http://www.lightninghockeyblog.com/2012-articles/february/link-getting-to-know-kalinski.html

I'm honestly not sure how much time I want to invest in getting to know a get that was traded to the team just because the Flyers needed to get under the 50 player limit, but maybe I'll eat my words in a few seasons?

Here's a link to the Lightning feature on their website, maybe they'll correct the error by the time you get there.]]>
thevancitycanuck@gmail.com (Dani Toth) February Sun, 19 Feb 2012 21:10:20 +0000