Not that he’s horribly objective, but Jeff Halpern expects the Lightning to be much more successful this year.
Tarik El-Bashir caught up with him in DC and it’s interesting to hear Halpern talk about how hard it was for him to leave the Caps. Halpern also talks about the pressures of being in a contract year.
Speaking of Dallas, Mike Heika doesn’t believe the Stars will trade Brad Richards to the Rangers for Brandon Dubinsky, Michael Rozsival, and a prospect. Richards and Rozsival are interesting in that they’re both fine players who are just absurdly overpaid. The Richards-to-the-Rangers rumblings continue because of Richards’ reputation as a Tortorella guy. Truthfully, if the Rangers are intent on adding a Tortorella pet, I think they’d be better off trying to get Martin St. Louis out of Tampa.
Also, Chris Zupke had a funny, short post on how much trouble NHLers seem to get into during the off-season. Although, I do like that Patrick Kane’s TaxiGate got LeBron James to talk about the NHL. And I’m sure James loved the chance to not talk about his expiring contract.