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Simon Gagné Traded To The Lightnings


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To Tampa Bay: Simon Gagné

To Philadelphia: Matt Walker + 4th round pick in 2011

Tampa Bay now adds Gagné to their offense that constitutes of Stamkos, Lecavalier, St-Louis and Malone. Their defence has Hedman, Ohlund and Kubina. They also signed Dan Ellis earlier this month...next powerhouse? I think they're on their way there if they manage to pick up another decent 2nd liner with the 13-14 million they have left.

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I would hesitate to say that they are the next powerhouse. If LeCavalier could ever find his old form then I might agree with you but until then I'm not sure. St. Louis is still a great player but is past his prime. Stamkos is going to be a superstar for years to come and no one can question that their defense will at some point in the near future be among the best. I believe the question mark lies in goal. I had Mike Smith in my fantasy pool last year and he was very inconsistent. He needs to get back to past form. Ellis was okay but let's not automatically assume he'll fare better in Tampa. Nashville gave Chicago a run for their money in last year's playoffs and if it wasn't for an inexplicable blind pass in the offensive zone at the end of a game in which they were up by 1, they might have eventually knocked out the eventual Stanley Cup champions. Nashville play a very sound, disciplined, rigid and structured positonal game which makes it difficult to score against them. Like we saw from our own Habs in the playoffs, this is quite benefitial to the man between the pipes; not taking anything away from Halak. But is it possible that they may be the next powerhouse? Yes. Don't thank Stevie Y if it happens, thank our old friend Guy Boucher. He brought us to the Calder Cup final with half of our top 6 on the blueline injured.

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I would hesitate to say that they are the next powerhouse. If LeCavalier could ever find his old form then I might agree with you but until then I'm not sure. St. Louis is still a great player but is past his prime. Stamkos is going to be a superstar for years to come and no one can question that their defense will at some point in the near future be among the best. I believe the question mark lies in goal. I had Mike Smith in my fantasy pool last year and he was very inconsistent. He needs to get back to past form. Ellis was okay but let's not automatically assume he'll fare better in Tampa. Nashville gave Chicago a run for their money in last year's playoffs and if it wasn't for an inexplicable blind pass in the offensive zone at the end of a game in which they were up by 1, they might have eventually knocked out the eventual Stanley Cup champions. Nashville play a very sound, disciplined, rigid and structured positonal game which makes it difficult to score against them. Like we saw from our own Habs in the playoffs, this is quite benefitial to the man between the pipes; not taking anything away from Halak. But is it possible that they may be the next powerhouse? Yes. Don't thank Stevie Y if it happens, thank our old friend Guy Boucher. He brought us to the Calder Cup final with half of our top 6 on the blueline injured.

Marty past his prime? This guy has been steady like a rock for years now. He had a career year last year. And its no coincidence that Vinny's numbers dropped once he was seperated from Marty, or that Steven's numbers exploded when they were put together.

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Marty past his prime? This guy has been steady like a rock for years now. He had a career year last year. And its no coincidence that Vinny's numbers dropped once he was seperated from Marty, or that Steven's numbers exploded when they were put together.

I agree that the numbers point to a career year but that has a lot to do with Stamkos' ability to find the back of the net. I find it hard to believe that a hockey player at 35 years of age is in his prime. Especially when dealing with a player of Marty's talents. But in a sense your right. The drop off from what would be his prime playing age is less significant because of the type of player he is. He is a beast of playmaker who relies very much on his vision and mind for the game which are always the last things to go.

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