Explanation: After making it to the Eastern Conference finals in their first playoff berth in a few years, the Tampa Bay Lightning didn't need to make a lot of changes this offseason. Just retain as much as possible.
The team retained the most important players and re-signed Steven Stamkos to a five-year deal. That's a successful summer"
What would it take to get Hedman to the Leafs? Schenn, Kadri ++?
Schenn, Kadri, Kessel, Reimer, 1st's in 2012 and 2013 and conditional 2nds in 2012 and 2013 (if Schenn signs in Tampa for under $4million caphit you keep the 2nds if he signs for over $4million caphit we get the 2nds).
I actually wanted Smith back, although it would have been a little risky and Garon is a fine backup. Since December, Smith was playing extremely well and it looked like he was back to his pre-concussion form. The upside with him is certainly higher than that of Garon, but consistency was no doubt the issue. I hope he does well in Phoenix.
Moncton has four players who will attend NHL training camps. Hrivik will be joined by defenceman Brandon Gormley in Phoenix. The others are defenceman Daniel Milan with the Tampa Bay Lightning and left winger Olivier D'Aoust with the Dallas Stars.
Gormley was a first-round pick in the 2010 NHL draft. Milan and D'Aoust were both invited as free agents.
Anton But also who was once traded for one of the biggest whipping boys in Lightning history. I'm pretty sure they are no longer "in the pipeline" and that's assuming Yzerman even decided to learn of their existence.