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02-24-2009, 06:54 PM
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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Current Roster
Forwards
Vincent Lecavalier
Martin St. Louis **
Ryan Malone
Steve Stamkos
Vaclav Prospal*
Gary Roberts**
Jeff Halpern*
Mark Recchi**
Evgeny Artyukhin
Ryan Craig*
Adam Hall*
Matt Pettinger*

Defence
Andrej Meszaros
Marek Malik*
Lukas Krajicek**
Steve Eminger*
Paul Ranger
Matt Smaby*/Josef Melichar*/Jamie Heward*

Goalies
Mike Smith
Olaf Kolzig**
Karri Ramo

Top 10 Prospects
1. Karri Ramo
2. Riku Helenius*
3. Matt Smaby*
4. Ty Wishart*
5. Dana Tyrell
6. Vladimir Mihalik*
7. Luca Cunti*
8. Mitch Fadden*
9. Blair Jones*
10. Radek Smolenak*

*= open to trade offers
**= on trading block (likely to be dealt by deadline)
WILL STILL TAKE OFFERS ON PLAYERS WITH NO STARS, BUT THEY ARE UNLIKELY TO BE TRADED.

Outlook

After taking over for a franchise that has been run like a videogame, my main objective is to bring some stability to Tampa. Our objective is to regroup and rebuild. We have a couple of outlandish contracts, but nevertheless, they are contracts we can live with. In Tampa, our goal is to win. However, we are also in a market where hockey is not the number one sport, so we also want to build a young, energetic team, ala Pittsburgh and Washington in order to ear revenue. Having said this, notable names like Lecavalier and Stamkos are NOT for trade. However, we are willing to part with proven vets (St. Louis, Recchi, Roberts, etc) in an attempt to receive draft picks/prospects and rebuild. Our main needs are young forwards that can step in straight away. We also want to drastically increase our prospect talent pool in the forwards and defence area. The one area we are stable in for the forseeable future is golatending (with Smith, Ramo, and Helenius). This trade deadline will be eventful for Tampa!

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