Sunday, February 18, 2007

Bolts Drop One in OT: TB 4 - FLA 5


Marty St. Louis netted 2 and nearly everyone on the first two lines had points, but it wasn't enough as the Panthers finally won an overtime game for the first time this season. The game was close throughout as usual when these teams meet. Although the Bolts got the loss, the point they earned moved them into a tie with Atlanta for first in the Southeast, and into the third spot in the playoff race.

Not to cause panic, but here's a snippit I found out in the bloggosphere from Hockeybuzz.com's Eklund

"In Buffalo, due to Maxim’s unfortunate injury, the pressure is mounting to move Marty Biron, and the Lightning are the team that really could use him…The Lightning’s Jay Feaster was on XM radio and stated the team needs 7 home playoff games to make money, and the ownership will not allow the team to spend to the cap if they lose money again this year. Jay said he expects the team’s personal cap would fall to 40 next year and it is possible that he would have to look at breaking up the big three. There are sources ALREADY saying that the Habs would essentially “trade the farm” to get Vinny this summer, and given all the prospects picks and players that could come back to Tampa, I imagine it could set up the Lightning for YEARS to come."

Biron would be great, but loosing Vinny would be the death of this franchise. Let's hope Feaster is smart enough to recognize this and not do something that stupid.

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