Friday, July 11, 2008

Lightning re-sign Gratton

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed center Chris Gratton to a one-year contract today, owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced.

"We are extremely excited to have Chris back in the fold for next season," vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton said. "He is a true professional that fits in perfectly with our plan to be a tough team to play against. We look forward to having a healthy Chris Gratton on the ice next season."
>> team release
Tampa Bay is apparently going to ice two NHL teams next season, all forwards.



At 4:59 p.m., July 11, 2008, Anonymous fingerfan14 said...

Their forward lust knows no bounds.

At 5:06 p.m., July 11, 2008, Blogger MetroGnome said...

This is bordering on insanity.

At 5:08 p.m., July 11, 2008, Blogger gritz said...

That's not a bad idea, James. If both teams can have 50-point seasons, we'll win the Southeast Division easily. Scheduling home games might be a problem, though.

At 5:39 p.m., July 11, 2008, Blogger Daniel said...

If you want a job on the team, you are gonna have to work hard in training camp and work hard during the season, no taking it easy. I think that is a good approach. They will probably use the extra forwards as bargaining chips for trades for d-men. They can also throw some of them down to Norfolk, but doubt they clear waivers, so who knows.

At 5:59 p.m., July 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's going to be fascinating to see how this team ends up working on the ice. I'm hoping this all means that Melrose plans to experiment with 4 forwards and 1 D at 5 on 5.

At 6:00 p.m., July 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's just assume that Brian Lawton (500gms in NHL and years in agent business), Jim Hammett (Avs, World Juniors and NYR scout) and others in Tampa organsation have at least some knowledge of hockey, team building, salary negotiations and caps etc.

If that's true then there might be a plan which might include future trades and most likely forwards. Maybe they even buy-out somebody? Waivers?

And if these trades happen before season begins at very least we can say that summer of 2008 was hot and humid with constant Lightning!

Maybe this is insane but you just have to love it. And there's always a chance that Lecavalier, St.Louis, Stamkos, Recchi, Malone, Roberts, Gratton and others might actually win few games.

What if Lightning makes playoffs? Media was all excited about Philly's great turn around and Paul Holmgren got crowned as The King of GMs.

Maybe, just maybe, Lightning is doing things right?

At 8:32 p.m., July 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is Chris Gratton still in the NHL?!?!? He sucks.

At 8:51 p.m., July 11, 2008, Anonymous snafu said...

I'm starting to believe they'll sign everyone they can and then trade away the guys they really don't want. Probably knew all along they weren't going to keep Boyle, but if they don't sign him, he walks away for free.

I think that act can only play for a while, and it may come back and bite them.

At 10:44 p.m., July 11, 2008, Blogger Jonathan said...

The best part? By my count, only five of the forwards (Lecavalier, St. Louis, Ouellet, Ward, Tarnasky) played a full, healthy season for the Lightning last year. I'm not a huge believer in chemistry, but this kind of turmoil can't be good for a team.


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