Archive

Lightning GM: Don’t expect major moves | TribLIVE.com
News

Lightning GM: Don’t expect major moves

The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — General manager Jay Feaster made it very clear: the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning don’t plan to make any major moves for now.

“I think the answers for right now have to come from within,” Feaster said Saturday after Tampa Bay lost 4-2 to Philadelphia. “Certainly until we get the resolution of the sale situation.”

The Lightning’s current owner, Palace Sports and Entertainment, has been talking about a potential sale of the franchise to a group led by Los Angeles movie producer Oren Koules.

Tampa Bay (15-21-3) has lost nine of 11, and are six games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2001-02 season.

Feaster again said the Lightning’s “Big 3” of forwards Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards will not be traded.

“That’s a non-starter. That’s not going to happen,” Feaster said.

Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella agrees with Feaster’s overall assessment.

“There’s no help coming,” Tortorella said. “This is our mess. We have to figure it out.”

The Lightning open a four-game road trip Tuesday at Toronto. Tampa Bay is 3-13-1 away from home this season.

“It will be a tough,” Tampa Bay center Brad Richards said. “Our back is against the wall. It could be good for us. Us against the world mentality. You just wonder when the puck will bounce your way.”


TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.