Vincent Lecavalier talked about Tampa Bay's disappointing 2013 campaign with Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times.
"Yeah, I mean, it's definitely disappointing. The way we started the year, I think we were 6-1 at one point after the first seven games," Lecavalier said. "Yeah, after 15, 20 games if you're outside, with everybody playing each other, it's tough to get back in, and it just seemed like it snowballed and we couldn't get close to getting back to that eighth spot." He had four goals and 11 points in his first seven games, but was hit in the foot by a shot from teammate Sami Salo on Feb. 2 which hampered him until it became a fracture when he collided with Florida defenseman Erik Gudbranson on March 12. "I felt really good when I started the year," he said, "but with that shot the ankle was very weak. ... It didn't seem to get better." He has dealt with some injury concerns over the past few seasons, which have hurt his fantasy value.
Martin St. Louis has been nominated for the 2013 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.
The other two finalists are Patrick Kane and Matt Moulson. St. Louis is a two-time winner of the award, but this time capturing the trophy would carry with it some extra meaning. He would join Stan Mikita and Wayne Gretzky as the only players to win both this award and the Art Ross Trophy in a single season. St. Louis had 60 points and 14 penalty minutes in 48 games.
Martin St. Louis is upbeat about the Lightning's future.
St. Louis feels confident about the players currently on the roster and said there's "no way" the Bolts can't turn things around next year. "[General manager] Steve Yzerman is a smart guy," St. Louis said. "He's been in every situation. His experience, his knowledge, I have full confidence in what he's trying to do. I feel some of his pain because he wants to win and it hasn't gone the way he'd like to the last couple of years. It's a tough act to follow after the first year we go to the conference final (in 2011) and we're one game away from the Stanley Cup final. I always feel when you set the bar like that it becomes a pretty big responsibility."
Martin St. Louis has been named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, given annually by the NHL Players Association to the league's "most outstanding player."
The veteran winger will be in tough for the award against young stars Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington's Alex Ovechkin. St. Louis won the trophy back in 2004 when it was known as the Pearson Award and he led the NHL in scoring in 2013 with 60 points in 48 games. He also led the league with 43 assists.
Tampa Bay Lightning director of scouting Al Murray is hoping that prospect goalie Andrei Vasilevski plays in North America next season.
He has one year left on his contract with Ufa of the KHL but his deal has a buy-out clause, according to Murray. If he doesn't play overseas then he could skate for Mississauga in the OHL, since they own his junior rights, or with Syracuse in the AHL. Vasilevski was the 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Steve Stamkos had a goal and three assists in Canada's 7-1 rout of Norway at the IIHF World Championships on Tuesday.
At this point, we have to imagine European clubs just wish Stamkos' Lightning would make the playoffs and leave them alone. Edmonton teammates Taylor Hall (two goals) and Devan Dubnyk (13 saves) also aided Canada's cause. With the win, Canada is second in its pool with seven points, trailing only Switzerland's eight points.