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Will Gratton Claim Stop Another Trade?

"Center Chris Gratton has been claimed off re-entry waivers today by the Columbus Blue Jackets."

I wonder the claiming of Chris Gratton will affect Columbus' (alleged) pursuit of Jeff Halpern. It might be good for the Lightning to trade him away, especially if they are able to get a decent return, ie. Jakub Voracek or Derick Brassard. It might be difficult to get such a high return for Halpern, but it would be good for the Lightning if they were able to.

Something Positive to say

Enough Negativity... The Lightning want Vinny to play like a 8.5 million $ player. He should be the leader and make a huge difference. I believe he is starting to. The big difference in this team is coaching... it is like having a coach with a player's insight with no forward playing over 20, and none less than 10. Arty makes the biggest difference up front. We need a rugged (feared) blue liner... Smaby maybe? Great Goaltender (except shootouts) Faster team; more heart!

"High Profile Busts"

Memo to Hockey's Future: when a 5th round pick and a 6th round pick don't pan out, that's not a "high profile bust."

Your pals,
The Bolt Prospects Staff

P.S. Alexandre Pic(k)ard is an Ottawa Senator. Better luck next time.

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Tyrell signed....

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.

DeCoste fight

Fight involving Lightning prospect Kyle Decoste (Brampton Battalion - No.23)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve3HUzz3gWs

James Wright - No.1 Play of the Week

You have to sit through plays 5-2, but James Wright is shown here with his No.1 play of the week.

http://www.whl.ca/video/?video_id=244

Wait a minute....

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.

O'Brien and Ouellet Traded to Vancouver

As reported on 620 WDAE and now TSN.ca the Lightning have traded away Shane O'Brien and Michel Ouellet for D Lukas Krajicek and RW Juraj Simek.

Ouellet will be reporting to Manitoba and O'Brien to Vancouver.

I would assume Krajicek will report to Tampa and Simek to Norfolk but no official word on that.

Bolts get Meszaros

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.

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