Bolts lose Bierk, may replace him in Weekes
Bolts have reportedly replaced him and added a defenseman in the process.
The Tampa Tribune is reporting that a deal has been completed between the Lightning and Islanders. The Lightning would give the Islanders the number 5
selection in today’s draft, while the Islanders would send goaltender Kevin
Weekes and a prospect (reportedly monster 6’9” 255lbs. defenseman Zdeno
the Canucks a season ago, posting a .902 save percentage on the island.
Coach Steve Ludzik is very familiar with Weekes after coaching him with the
Detroit Vipers in the 1998-99 season where he posted 19 victories. Chara
brings the Lightning what they severely lack on defense, size. However it
also just creates a larger logjam on the Bolts blueline. This will lead to
trade speculation involving some of the younger defensemen in the Lightning
cupboard, especially if they add a veteran D-man.
which they should use, on a scoring forward. Alexei Smirnov, Martin
Samuelsson, and Nikita Alexeev are just a few of the prospects that should be
available. But GM Rick Dudley’s wheeling and dealing may not be over. There
is a good chance that he may trade his number 8 selection to move further
down in the first round or to acquire a scoring forward.
ability to take highly touted goaltender Rick DiPietro with their top choice.
Speculation was that the Islanders, already with top prospect G Roberto
Luongo in their system, were looking to trade down and draft a prospect at
forward. Now that they own two picks they will be able to add a high forward
prospect (Raffi Torres, Scott Hartnell, or Pavel Vorobiev) or defenseman