Tuesday, July 15, 2008
A New Era For The Tampa Bay Lightning
With the stroke of a pen, Vincent Lecavalier signed an 11-year, $85-million contract extension this afternoon in front of the assembled media and a big throng of Bolts fans.
Number 4 spoke with the media
And after the media left, a fan with a puff of hair and his little kid went up to Vinnie and said, "Hopefully in 15 years you'll be coaching the team. too." It was amazing that Joe Schmoe fan can stroll right up to the team's top player and have a simple chat with a superstar. Only in the NHL.
New Lightning owner Oren Koules survived a lawsuit and combined forces with Len Barrie and others to buy the Lightning for $200 million from Bill Davidson, the car glass magnate in Detroit who also owns the NBA Pistons.
Koules, the mastermind behind the Saw movies, has been checkbook-happy, signing and trading players and re-molding a Lightning team that finished dead last in the NHL last season after the club hoisted the Cup in '04.
The Feastermeister is history. Here's the guy who's pulling the trigger, along with Koules and Barrie. Brian Lawton, vice president of hockey operations.
The prospect of getting Vincent's signature drew a long line this afternoon.