IMO Tampa will surprise more then a team this year,just like us if the goalie can play good hockey Tampa will be a dangerous team IMO.With the addition of Hedman and Ohlund,the defence is pretty good with Meszaros and Ranger completing the top 4 and on offence they can put the puck in the net.A team to watch out for IMO
The contract that hurts them the most right now is probably Ryan Malone's at a cap hit of 4.5 for the next 5 years
They better wish Ohlund stays healthy. And then there's Hedman. A lot of people are putting the same early expectations on him than people did on Stamkos last season. The kid won't be dominant from the getgo, forget about that.
Tampa will be dangerous, in a year or two from now. But I don't think they'll make the playoffs just yet. They've upgraded, but their starting point is the bottom of the league, there's nowhere else to go but up.
No way Bettman let's this happen. By trading away Vinny TB seriously jeopardizes its future as a franchise. I bet the NHL will help Barrie out financially and hide it behind some facade. Bettman has a infatuation with keeping his dream alive in the southern U.S. I don't see this happening personally. Just look how what the slimeball is handling the Pheonix situation.
Hopefully the NHL would step in on this. Tampa finally as a thing going now. With Vinny, St-louis, Stamkos, Hedman ...I even like Karsums , think he can be something in Tampa, had some good years here in Moncton . Also Malone who is a good 25-30goal scorer. They just need a couple of years and I'm confident they can end up with a decent team. But they do NEED a goalie! haha