January 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman addresses the National Hockey League lockout during a press conference at the Westin New York in Times Square. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Lightning Face A Drastic Change

The season for the Tampa Bay Lightning has been over for almost a week now. While a lot of team’s players are Tweeting about their playoff experiences, our boys are Tweeting pictures of themselves fishing or their excitement over their part in the IIHF World Championships coming up in Stockholm and Helsinki. While their reporters are talking about round one of their team’s playoff run, ours are talking about other teams play. While their fans light their cities with playoff buzz, we are looking forward to the third overall draft pick and speculation of what General Manager Steve Yzerman might do over the summer. There’s been hints that he is going to do something radical to ‘shake up the team’.

In 2012 Yzerman traded Steve Downie. He did the unthinkable by telling Pavel Kubina to give him a list of teams that he would be willing to go to. This past season he really didn’t make any earth shaking trades, with the exception of Cory Conacher. What can shake the team up more than firing their fan-favorite, player respected, head coach with less than half a season left, in the middle of a road trip?

He would have to do something pretty drastic. By getting rid of Kubina and Guy Boucher, he sent a message that no one on the team is untouchable. Perhaps to shake them up he will break up ‘The Big Three’. There’s ways around no trade and no move clauses, and things that make them secure in their position. No one is truly unmovable. Out of The Big Three, who do you think would go if he did this? Certainly not Martin St. Louis. He’s a valuable asset to the team. This year’s Art Ross Trophy winner who had more points than anyone else in the league and works harder than anyone else on the team. I can’t fathom why he would cut the team’s future and amazing goal scorer. To be a mature leader at such a young age, Steven Stamkos will stay put. That leaves us with team captain Vincent Lecavalier. He was having a great season before he got injured. Again. Injuries seem to plague him. When he’s healthy, he just doesn’t produce like he used to. But even if he did agree to wave his clauses, who would want to pick him up with that ridiculous contract? If he plays next season with the force that he had last, and can stay healthy, he will come out on top once again.

I don’t know what will be done in the months ahead. I can tell you one thing. The Tampa Bay Lightning will be a different team from the inside out. They blew their Twentieth Anniversary season. Steve Yzerman’s reputation is on the line. I can’t wait to see what happens! I am positive that the team will be all the better for it though.

Dolly Dolce

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