Monday, June 23, 2008

Meet the Lightning gang

In addition to Koules and Barrie, the Lightning’s ownership team includes another Hollywood producer and partner of Koules’ at Evolution Entertainment, Mark Burg, attorney and investment banker Russell Belinsky, advertising executive Jordan Zimmerman, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard C. Lehman, furniture retailer and chief executive officer of Kane’s Furniture Irwin Novack, and Craig Sher, Executive Chairman of St. Petersburg-based The Sembler Company. Zimmerman and Lehman are also minority investors in the Florida Panthers. Multiple minority ownership interests are permitted by the NHL Constitution.
>> team release
You can hear the entire introductory press conference here.

A few highlights:
  • They're interested in pursuing free agents, but are only after one of the top ones, which sounds an awful lot like Brian Campbell

  • The team will not spend to the cap; they're on a budget

  • Both Koules and Barrie say there's no interest in ever moving the team (which makes sense given how good attendance has been recently)

  • There was talk of giving Vaclav Prospal a four-year deal and it sounds as though the owners were in full support of the deal to trade for him

  • There was also a discussion about bringing back behemoth prospect Evgeny Artyukhin from Russia

  • "We're going to be really aggressive. We're going to be shockingly aggressive."
They're obviously very passionate and big hockey fans. It's certainly going to be interesting in Tampa this off-season.



At 2:45 p.m., June 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, they're interested in only the top (most expensive) free agents, they plan on being "shockingly aggressive," and there are rumours of what will essentially be a lifetime contract (extremely expensive) for Lecavalier - yet they not only are salary-capped, but also on a budget.

And they want to play exciting, winning hockey.

How is that supposed to work?

At 3:53 p.m., June 23, 2008, Blogger VeryProudofYa said...

Whoah whoah whoah? A four year deal for PROSPAL?

That's a bit insane, given his roller-coaster numbers. I've never seen someone so up and down year to year.

01-02: 55 pts
02-03: 79 pts
03-04: 54 pts (with anaheim)
05-06: 80 pts
06-07: 55 pts
07-08: 71 pts (split between tampa & philly. also featured first thirty goal campaign of his career)

I mean, I like the guy a lot. (great fantasy pickup because of his draft availability given his 55 pt season in 07) But to negotiate a 4 year deal with a peaks-and-valleys player coming off the biggest peak in his career (goal-wise) seems like a very poor move.

At 5:32 p.m., June 23, 2008, Blogger Doogie said...

shockingly aggressive

Pun intended?

At 8:00 p.m., June 23, 2008, Blogger Martin said...

According to lightning strikes, prospal's got his four year contract.

"We managed to pull out some more information on the Vinny Prospal contract. It's a four-year deal at $3.5-million per year."

That's a pretty good number for the kind of production he provides. More than he should be payed during his down seasons, less than what he's worth in the up ones. I'm satisfied with that, I suppose.


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