I just saw that TSN.ca is reporting that the bolts have signed prospect Dana Tyrell to a standard three year entry level contract. It's good to see this. There aren't too many talented prospects in Tampa's system so it's good to get one of the ones that are there locked up. Let the youth play since the vets aren't doing much. Hopefully they'll follow this and sign Fadden. We'll see.
So, someone please correct me if I'm wrong but didn't we (Tampa) have the worst overall record in the league last year? Yes, sadly I do believe we did. With that said though that should give Tampa the first crack at players that are put on waivers from other teams around the league. With that said, how in the world could the Tampa brass have passed on claiming a talented young D-man like Kyle Quincy who was put on waivers by the Wings and picked up by the LA Kings. Quincy who has been hidden in the Wings system for a while now was a numbers casualty in their system.
TSN.ca is reporting that Ottawa has traded Andre Meszaros to Tampa Bay for Kuba, Picard, and the 1st round pick they got from San Jose. While picking up franchise D-Man like Meszaros is a great pick up, I don't understand why some of the extra forwards Tampa has weren't involved instead. I'm not upset about giving up the 1st round pick or Kuba, but Picard is a young guy who came in here and turned some heads at the end of last year. I was looking forward to seeing him progress and develop in our system.
TSN.ca is reporting that the Lightning have officially asked Dan Boyle to waive his no trade clause. It said that Boyle has asked for time in determining his next move. Being that he has that no trade clause, I believe he should exercise it. It wasn't stated as to who would be coming back this way for him, but there are possibly three teams involved with San Jose said to be the current front runner. I can only imagine that Matt Carle would be part of the package from San Jose.
So it's that time of year again, when all the teams around the league are either looking to make a big splash with a pickup or start over by moving players. Yes, it is trade season once again. For the last several years, the bolts have been buyers in the market, for the most part. This season though time has seemingly caught up with them and they re-enter the sellers market. I'm not opposed to this though at all. I think it's time to get some new blood into the system and team, shake things up a bit.