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07-07-2009, 03:25 PM
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Bolts sign Stephane Veilleux

13g/23p last year, per twitter.

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sounds like a Wes Walz recruit from the Wild...

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13-10-23 last year, and a whopping -17. He'll fit in.

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13-10-23 last year, and a whopping -17. He'll fit in.
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I noticed his ugly minus stats too over the years..on a defensive Wild team, oh well, never noticed the guy much before so can't say if he is anything to have.

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No offense but after watching Veilleux in the NW Division over the years, I really think Veilleux is the most useless player in the NHL. Although he always managed to score against the Canucks.

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We need all the depth we can get so no big deal. If Walz reccomended him then that's good enough for me.
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No offense but after watching Veilleux in the NW Division over the years, I really think Veilleux is the most useless player in the NHL. Although he always managed to score against the Canucks.
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Bob Gainey just offered Price, Markov and 2 firsts for him.
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Shhhh, don't mention the players or you might tank Montreal's 09/10 Season too.

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Huh?

A real head scratcher here. Are they loading up to make a trade here?

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Probably figure its a low risk high reward kind of thing. Maybe he finds some offensive game in Tampa for dirt cheap. Who knows.

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Terms of the contract?

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Sorta kinda clutch?

"Veilleux scored 10 of his 13 goals last season with his team trailing by one or with the score tied."

He had 98 hits last year. I expect that to go up playing in Toc's system. Here's last year's top 5:
Artyukhin - 249
Malone - 173
Prospal - 126
Smaby - 122 (in 43 games!)
Lecavalier - 110

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Sorta kinda clutch?

"Veilleux scored 10 of his 13 goals last season with his team trailing by one or with the score tied."

He had 98 hits last year. I expect that to go up playing in Toc's system. Here's last year's top 5:
Artyukhin - 249
Malone - 173
Prospal - 126
Smaby - 122 (in 43 games!)
Lecavalier - 110
Kinda clutch, comes from a Minnesota team before joining a Tampa Bay team...

It's Jason Bartlett and he has a baseball offseason hobby!

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750k I guess for one year?

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Left wing Stephane Veilleux will be part of the Tampa Bay Lightning next season. This was not a depth signing as Veilleux got a one-way contract for $750,000. GM Brian Lawton said he expects Veilleux to be a third- or fourth-line player. If that is where he ends up, he could add some needed secondary scoring to a lineup that lacked it last season.

"He just comes to play every night," Lawton said. "He's a self motivator."
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That seems to be a theme for Lawton this summer with signings such as defensemen Mattias Ohlund and Matt Walker. Both are thought of as hungry, gritty players who need no help getting focused for games. Lawton said the same about Veilleux, who played for the Wild last season.
lol wut?

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sounds like a Wes Walz recruit from the Wild...
More like a Wes Walz clone. They're very similar players - smallish guys with terrific speed, tons of energy, and never take a shift off. Veilleux is all go, all the time. And like Walz, he was a high-scoring offensive star in juniors, so while he'll never be a 50-goal guy at the NHL level, he does have the skills to bury the puck or make the sweet pass when the opportunity presents itself. His speed, and his desire to make the hit, takes him out of position sometimes, but I think he was starting to outgrow that last season. That's the biggest downside to his game, IMO.

Over the last year or two, as the players were starting to tune out Lemaire, there were a couple of stretches when Stephane would be the best player on the ice for Minnesota for a week at a time - because while the whole team was slacking off and playing like a gang of circus clowns, he kept coming to the rink every night and delivering 110% of everything he had, regardless of how his teammates were playing. I don't know about you Tampa fans, but up here in Minnesota, there were a lot of us who really appreciated a player like that. I hope you guys do too, and give him a warm welcome. I think you'll like him.

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IIRC, Veilleux has good speed through the neutral zone and decent hands. At that low of a price, why not sign the guy?

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More like a Wes Walz clone. They're very similar players - smallish guys with terrific speed, tons of energy, and never take a shift off. Veilleux is all go, all the time.
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yes, similar styles and Walz is the asst coach in TB, which is why I posted what I did since they are former teammates and IIRC, played on the same line at times; FWIW, Veilleux's a bit taller than Walz, IIRC.

anyway, I'm sure the TB fans will appreciate the info. in your post

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yes, similar styles and Walz is the asst coach in TB, which is why I posted what I did since they are former teammates and IIRC, played on the same line at times; FWIW, Veilleux's a bit taller than Walz, IIRC.

anyway, I'm sure the TB fans will appreciate the info. in your post
I hope some find it useful. It's tough sometimes, when a new player isn't exactly a star. People don't really know enough about him to know what to expect from him.

Yeah, I knew Walz was the assistant down there. I was really glad to see him get the gig. I just wish it was with the Wild. He's going to make a good head coach someday - he's got the perfect temperament and personality. I'm sure he's a big reason Veilleux was signed, too. In fact, Walz is probably a big reason Veilleux is even still in the league. Stephane learned a lot from him for a few years there, and I'm sure he'll continue to grow under Walz' tutelage.

Take care of our little Vayoo for us, guys. He's a good kid, and a good teammate. Hits everything he can catch, never backs down from anyone, and always sticks up for his teammates. There were times when one of our other smaller players would get run, and Stephane - maybe the smallest player on the ice, even smaller than the guy he was sticking up for - was the only Wild player who'd go after the other guy, even if that guy was a full head taller. Veilleux never hesitated. If a teammate needed help, he was in the middle of it. Good guy to have on any team.

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Thanks for the insight! Looking forward to seeing him play.

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Good guy to have on any team.
Boy do we need guys like this!

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More like a Wes Walz clone. They're very similar players - smallish guys with terrific speed, tons of energy, and never take a shift off. Veilleux is all go, all the time. And like Walz, he was a high-scoring offensive star in juniors, so while he'll never be a 50-goal guy at the NHL level, he does have the skills to bury the puck or make the sweet pass when the opportunity presents itself. His speed, and his desire to make the hit, takes him out of position sometimes, but I think he was starting to outgrow that last season. That's the biggest downside to his game, IMO.

Over the last year or two, as the players were starting to tune out Lemaire, there were a couple of stretches when Stephane would be the best player on the ice for Minnesota for a week at a time - because while the whole team was slacking off and playing like a gang of circus clowns, he kept coming to the rink every night and delivering 110% of everything he had, regardless of how his teammates were playing. I don't know about you Tampa fans, but up here in Minnesota, there were a lot of us who really appreciated a player like that. I hope you guys do too, and give him a warm welcome. I think you'll like him.
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I hope some find it useful. It's tough sometimes, when a new player isn't exactly a star. People don't really know enough about him to know what to expect from him.

Yeah, I knew Walz was the assistant down there. I was really glad to see him get the gig. I just wish it was with the Wild. He's going to make a good head coach someday - he's got the perfect temperament and personality. I'm sure he's a big reason Veilleux was signed, too. In fact, Walz is probably a big reason Veilleux is even still in the league. Stephane learned a lot from him for a few years there, and I'm sure he'll continue to grow under Walz' tutelage.

Take care of our little Vayoo for us, guys. He's a good kid, and a good teammate. Hits everything he can catch, never backs down from anyone, and always sticks up for his teammates. There were times when one of our other smaller players would get run, and Stephane - maybe the smallest player on the ice, even smaller than the guy he was sticking up for - was the only Wild player who'd go after the other guy, even if that guy was a full head taller. Veilleux never hesitated. If a teammate needed help, he was in the middle of it. Good guy to have on any team.
Wow, thanks for the great info. I am not very familiar with him, and when I saw the thread title, I thought he was some AHLer. He sounds like a really good guy to have and a good fit.

here's a vid I found for other bolt fans.


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Nothing wrong with a little depth. I mean at this point it looks like a trade is likely anyways, maybe a signed forward is included?

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Good signing for the bottom lines. Signed for the right amount and can help provide some jam. He's an upgrade over guys like Pettinger from last season and is probably better than Craig at this point. Would not mind seeing him, Halpern, and Downie on the same line. Lawton said they'd upgrade the defense, that's been done. He said they would upgrade the bottom lines, this signing helps that. This offseason is the opposite of last offseason, it feels like there's a plan in place and those plans are being completed piece by piece. Still waiting for a backup, but there's plenty of time for that.

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