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Bolts Slighted Andreychuk

Bolts attempt to honor Dave Andreychuk appeared less than the exhuberant and respectful night he deserved. Didnt expect to see his jersey put up in the rafters, but did expect more pizzazz during the presentation, maybe a few x-NHLer actually there to speak about him and wanted to hear more from Dave. Honoring seemed more superficial than substance to me. Gag gifts were a joke and devalued the moment. Dave deserved alot more than he got !

Holmqvist Beats Self

Bolts latest -find a way to lose - fall guy is Holmqvist. Gets delay of game penalty called on himself and seconds later watches winning goal pass thru 5-whole. PP continues to suck - hard to watch !

Key Bolt Stats

Thru 3 games.... Big 3 combined goals = 0 (1 in SO) Big 3 combined +/- = -4 Big 3 combined salary = $20 mil Any questions ?

TSN Pre-season Power Ranks Bolts 24th

TSN first power ranking just posted today with Detroit at the top - here is their SE Division power pics with Tampa at 4th in division ! * Carolina - 9th * Atlanta - 17th * Florida - 18th * Tampa - 24th * Wash - 28th Guess they are unimpressed with our off-season moves.

Burke placed on waivers

As expected, Lightning placed Sean Burke on waivers per TSN report published today - hopefully he will get picked up and some of his $1.6 mil salary can be off-loaded.

No Russian Transfer Deal

[url=http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=sportsNews&storyID=2006-08-02T190030Z_01_L02867166_RTRUKOC_0_US-ICE-HOCKEY-RUSSIA.xml&archived=False]Russia refuses to sign the NHL transfer deal after all.[/url] MOSCOW, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Russia will not sign a transfer agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL) just weeks after ratifying the deal, the country's ice hockey chief said on Wednesday. Vladislav Tretyak, president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RIHF), said the proposed agreement was not in the best interest of Russian clubs. "We have been in constant negotiation with the NHL, trying to reach a fair deal, but unfortunately we were unable to fully take into account the interests of Russian clubs," said Tretyak.

Craig's Salary

NHLPA website shows Craig signed up for $495k - why does defenseman Jay Rosehill ($512k), someone I know nothing about, get more than Craig ?

ESPN columnist article on Bolts

here is the link to ESPN columnist article on revamp of Bolts and Blues .... http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=frei_terry&id=2518403

Left Winger Needed

With today's expected signing of LW Afanasenkov, along with LW Prospal and LW Craig (to be signed), seems like we need to find some scoring help from the left side for the third/fourth lines. We have some depth at center and RW position, but LW a question. Depth Chart shows Blatny and the next guy in line, but seems like we need help there as Blatny may or may not be the guy. Ideal if we could move Burke's salary and pickup LW scorer. Looks like 'D' is now in-place - how bout some more 'O'.

Luongo gone !

A fond farewell to Roberto Luongo from the SE Division - who knows what the Panthers will come up with for their #1 goalie, but his first name wont be Roberto and we wont have to painfully watch those 40 save nights posted against us. The Bolts not facing Luongo in net should translate into an extra W or 2 or 3 during the course of the season, assuming we can sign our own #1 netminder. We better also find a strong D-man type to match up with their new big and bad forward Bertuzzi !
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