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Lightning rebuild already underway for Yzerman

Apr 30, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

Steve Yzerman AP

After missing the postseason two years in a row, you’d be able to guess the pressure on GM Steve Yzerman to fix things is pretty high. Lightning fans can take heart that the effort to fix things up in Tampa is well underway.

Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune hears from the Lightning GM about what’s happening with the Bolts.

“Our group will change, how dramatically I’m not prepared to say yet, but we’ll explore options as far as improving the areas we feel need to be addressed,” Yzerman said. “We have players coming up from Syracuse (of the American Hockey League) next year that will have an opportunity to make this team. So, things will be different; they need to be different.”

Those kids from Syracuse (Alex Killorn, Richard Panik, Tyler Johnson, Radko Gudas) got a healthy look at life in the pros this season thanks to various injuries. Firing Guy Boucher and dealing one of those youngsters in Cory Conacher to Ottawa for Ben Bishop helped change the look in goal as well.

Further rebuilding will likely have to come via trade. According to CapGeek, they’ve got nearly $61 million committed to 17 players next season and with a $64.3 million cap, Yzerman’s got some work ahead of him.

  1. rsl22 - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    At the start of next year, St. Louis will be 38, Lecavalier will be 33. I know it’s tough for them to consider, but they should really be traded away.

    • cardmagnet - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      You do realize St. Louis just won the Art Ross and that LeCavalier is a valuable locker room player and mentor, right? You couldn’t ask for two better vets to groom the young guys you will build your team around. Not to mention St. Louis is just as valuable (if not more) as anyone else they could sign through free agency to step in for the next three years to fill his role.

      • rsl22 - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:54 PM

        I absolutely understand that. But this team isn’t going to win a Cup anytime soon and both players have a huge cap hit.

        Why not give them a chance to play for better teams, and get something in return for a Lightning team that needs a lot of help?

      • rsl22 - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        Lecavalier’s contract makes him virtually unmovable…but St. Louis should go play for MTL before his career is over.

        If you’re a Bolts fan, imagine what he could bring in a trade? Any team would love him, he’s one of a kind.

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:47 PM

        Which makes his value SKYROCKET. Now is the time to trade him

      • zach28 - May 1, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        if im tampa and MTL wants st. louis i ask for gallagher in return thats it one for one swap

      • 19to77 - May 1, 2013 at 1:23 AM

        You have a good point about St. Louis’ value being the highest that it’s going to be, but he’s also absolutely critical to that first line. He’s one of the best playmakers in the League, has absurd synergy with Stamkos and basically drives the most important component of their offense. If I’m Yzerman and I’m considering dealing Marty, the first question to mind is “Who the hell do I have, or who could I reasonably expect to get that would adequately replace him?” And that’s not an easy question to answer.

      • wickedale - May 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        Despite Vinny’s value as a locker room presence, his value and stats on the ice are not worth $7-$8 million a year. This team needs flexibility to move and improve and that albatross of a contract is one huge obstacle in how quickly this team can improve. Great on young talent but sorely lacking some veteran leadership outside of MSL.
        Vinny wears the C but nearly every interview coming out of that locker room is being conducted by Stammer or MSL. How many other Captains out there are relegated to such a supporting actor role like V4? Love the guy but the team is not getting any better with him.

  2. gotampabay52 - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    fans cant be married to a player get what we can for st louis

    • tbbolts91 - May 1, 2013 at 1:22 AM


  3. billsin20xx - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    You mean just because they haven’t made the playoffs for two years they think they can retool and do OK? Darcy Regier just told the Buffalo fans it will take years to rebuild, we must suffer first!
    Geez, you would think he would know, he’s been so successful for the ast 17 years in the job!

  4. JoeAvg - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    The appointment was after the today’s skate so the media jackels have to wait until tomorrow to gather around their prey (as if that wasn’t planned).

  5. JoeAvg - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Ignore the above. I was replying to a post in in another article. How it ended up here I have no idea.

  6. lostpuppysyndrome - May 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    It’s because this website has some crappy glitches. I’ll have to reload a page once or twice just to see how many thumbs up or down a comment gets, or to get the right comments to show up rather than the ones from the last page I visited.

  7. imleftcoast - May 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I’ve had that happen as well. Weird glitch. No doubt hockey is the beta site at NBC. I’m kidding, I loved the coverage last night. Putting on the Canucks game when the CBC choose to go with Toronto and Montreal instead is enough to file for citizenship down here.

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