For many Lightning fans, the unthinkable is becoming expected. The future “Michael Jordan of Hockey,” and Lightning franchise player could be dealt within the coming days or weeks.
There was a time when both the Jordan comparison and trade idea was looked at as absurd.
Vincent Lecavalier has struggled with confidence and injuries the last two years, and after some over-publicized spats with coach John Tortorella, Tampa Bay GM Rick Dudley is no longer hanging up the phone when Vinny’s name is mentioned in trade talks. This is due in part to the rumors of Lecavalier’s camp demanding a trade, not the Lightning’s unhappiness with the young star, nor its siding with the unproven coach over the player.
This potential trade has armchair GM’s from Mexico to the North Pole (we think Santa has a separate list of picks and prospects he thinks are fair value for Lecavalier) working out deals.
A lot of thought has gone into thinking up what could be given up (or held onto) for the 1998 #1 overall pick.
What is the Lightning looking for?
Well, that’s the question most seem to ignore.
There are two sides to every deal, and you can bet whomever gets Lecavalier is going to have to give. Core players are no longer safe.
The Lightning is currently among the league leaders in save percentage and goals against. The goaltending is fine. If you’re thinking about dealing a ready for prime-time ‘tender to Tampa as the deal’s centerpiece, forget it. The top-four, no-name defense, has also played well, at least by the nu Read more»
Team: HC Havirov Panthers
Born: March, 29th, 1985
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In a system full of promising two-way rearguards and with a goodly amount of grinders and playmakers, when Miguel Delisle finally graduates from the CHL next season, he should have little problem finding a spot for his talents on The Rock. You see, Delisle is that rarest of birds in minor Leafland, he is a born and bred sniper. Unlike Jeff Farkas, the big club’s next hope to take a spot on the wing of a scoring line, who is a converted pivot, the Ottawa 67 is a finisher through and through. Jake Dole, Hockey’s Future’s Analyst in the nation’s capital points out that while his slap shot is “nothing to sneeze at” it’s his wrist shot that makes him. He describes it as being “very quick and deadly accurate”and goes on to say he “likes to go high and goalies have trouble adjusting to the way he hides the puck with his stick.”
“Another part of his game that defines him as a pure sniper” maintains Dole is his puckhandling at speed. “(Delisle) can motor like a train with and without the puck.” He goes on to say that the flanker is “very agile and hard to pinpoint at any time on the ice.” Because of this and the factthat he is “very strong on his skates, (he) works well in traffic and checking does not intimidate him.” That said, our man in Ottawa readily admits that the winger is “not your typical intimidator. Doesn’t spend enough time in the corners (and) likes to stay and wait for pass.” Although he “has no problems going to the net with authority, he’s not a Tomas Holmstrom, preferring to stay on the wing or at the point.
Defensively, the Cornwall, Ontario native Read more»
Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Toronto St.
Michael’s Majors goaltender Andy Chiodo is the OHL Player of the Week for
the week ending Sunday December 2, 2001 after posting back-to-back shutouts
on November 29 and 30.
Chiodo, opened the week with a 24 save performance as the Majors defeated
the Mississauga IceDogs 3-0 at St. Michael’s College School Arena. He
followed up with a 32 save effort backstopping the Majors to a 4-0 road win
over the North Bay Centennials on November 30.
Chiodo, an 18-year-old native Toronto, improved his season record to 4-4-2
with a 2.95 goals against average and .906 save percentage in 15 games. He
was a sixth round pick of the New York Islanders in the 2001 NHL Entry
Position: Goal Catches: Left
Height: 6.00 Weight: 195 lbs.
Toronto’s 2nd round choice, 23rd overall, in the 1999 Bantam Selection
Season Club GPI Mins GA Avg. SO
2000-01 Toronto St. Michael’s Majors 38 2069 86 2.49 4
2001-02 Toronto St. Michael’s Majors 15 712 35 2.95 2
OHL Totals 53 2781 121 2.61 6