The Lightning have dipped into the free agent market and snagged a little one. The Bolts have signed Calgary Flames free agent Martin St. Louis. St. Louis is a 5’9” 180 lb. C/RW that registered 18 points for Calgary in 53 games last season. He was exposed for the expansion draft then his contract was bought out making him a free agent. GM Rick Dudley thinks he has an offensive upside that hasn’t appeared yet. The one thing he has is speed. What Dudley has done is what he has been doing since he arrived in Tampa adding young and speedy players.
Other than St. Louis, the Bolts have been quiet in free agency. They have opted to sign their own this summer. Players like Brian Holzinger, Dwayne Hay, Fredrik Modin, Steve Martins, Dan Cloutier and Todd Warriner have all re-signed. This has created an environment that the Bolts have not had for several years. Unlike the past few years the major makeup of the team won’t drastically change in the off-season. This allows this young group to continue to gel.
So for the rest of the summer don’t look for the organization to go after any big name free agents (probably because that cupboard is dry), but don’t be surprised to see a few key player to be added via trade. Dudley and staff seem content to build around this group adding more young complimentary players to bolster the line-up.
Marcel and Marian Hossa were born in the town of Stara Lubovna in
Slovakia. Both have the same build at 6’1 and 200 pounds. They look like
there identical twins. The only real difference is that Marian is 2 and a
half years older. Both played there junior hockey with the Portland Winter
Hawks of the Western Hockey League. When Marian was drafted 12th overall in
the 1st round of the 1997 draft by the Ottawa Senators the happiest person
was Marcel. Then when Marcel was drafted by Montreal in the 2000 draft the first person
who was there to congratulate him was Marian. It’s fitting that
they are both so close to each other in Canada. Marian is without a doubt the
bigger scorer of the two. Marcel is a great defensive player and a good
penalty killer. The Hossa family may not be as recognized as the Howe’s or
some of the other big family names, but I promise you in 10 years (barring
injury) you will hear Marian and Marcel Hossa being talked about as one of
the greatest brother duo’s ever in the NHL, WHL or Slovakian Hockey History.
The talent is there. The desire is there. But most important, Marian and
Marcel are there for each other. And even they will tell you, that is more
important than anything else…even hockey.