No news lately for the Tampa Bay Lightning has been terribly good (division restructuring that pits the Lightning against the Bruins and the Red Wings next season, for one). I haven’t decided yet if today’s news is good or bad or merely indifferent.
Vinny Lecavalier, center and the team captain for years, will no longer be playing for the Lightning. The team has parted ways with a compliance buyout, with general manager Steve Yzerman noting, “The cap hit created by Vinny’s contract is proving to be prohibitive as we model our roster possibilities for 2013-14 and beyond.”
Substantial changes to the team are long overdue, and I do not disagree with this one, like I did and still vehemently do with the firing of coach Guy Boucher. It will be odd to see Vinny in another team’s jersey, but it has happened before with better players, so Tampa will more than likely survive.
John Tortorella (the Lightning coach until 2009 or so) just signed on to coach the Vancouver Canucks this week. Now we just need Guy Boucher, who was undeniably screwed by the Lightning and made into a scapegoat, to sign on with a new team, and I will feel like things are mostly right in the hockey world.
Oh, and last but not least…congratulations, Chicago Blackhawks! Maybe someday, in a not too distant future or perhaps in another galaxy, the Stanley Cup will make its way back to Tampa.