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Zenon Konopka to the Bolts?

Posted Jul 5, 2008 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Jul 5, 2008 at 12:02 PM

Hat tip to Bolt Prospects for catching this one, but according to the paper in Syracuse former Anaheim farmhand and Syracuse Crunch captain Zenon Konopka has agreed to a two-year contract with Tampa Bay, with the first year at a two-way deal and the second year on a one-way deal.

I spoke with Oren Koules yesterday, and while he didn’t mention this move, he did say that Tampa Bay’s minor league affiliate was not going to be a last place team anymore. And while Konopka is not being ruled out of doing something to make the Lightning roster, this move is clearly a move to strengthen Norfolk. Konopka said it was a difficult decision to leave Syracuse (and Columbus, the parent organization) but was swayed after a conversation he had with new Tampa Bay coach Barry Melrose.

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Por (Goalman) on July 05, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I’m still upset about Dan Boyle, but do feel that the ownership is moving in the right direction.When people talk about the organization, they are including the WHOLE organization.
In passing, I also think that Jason Smith would be a real asset. I understand that Mathieu Schneider is also available, but at 39, I think he is too old

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Por (Patrick Gribben) on July 05, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Great addition to the Bolts’ organization. A real leader, and someone who’ll be a Barry Melrose type hockey player.

Hope he see’s plenty of game-time in the NHL!

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Por (Jay) on July 05, 2008 (Suggest removal)

It’s good news for the Ads who’ve almost always had a winning team. Norfolk will be thankful to return to their winning ways and will connect them more with the Bolts, other than just how last season we kept calling up their top players.

And that’s a pretty cool website EE, Boltprospects.com. I’ll have to check that out more. Thanks.

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Por (Mike Joyce) on July 05, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I think there is more to come.  This is a minor leaguer.  Can we move Kuba while we are at it?  He was even worse as a defenseman than Boyle.

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Por (berlin) on July 05, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Would be dumb to dump Ouellet. He had awesome numbers with the Halpern and Darch line.He’s a perfect fit.Course these bonehead owners probably don’t see that.Suppose they’ll get rid of Tarnasty too.

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Por (Mike Joyce) on July 05, 2008 (Suggest removal)

You have a good point, Berlin.  Since the owners have signed Artyukin to play with Tarnasky and Gratton, that probably means that both are gone now.

When they speak, we have to try to figure out what the owners are telling lies about.  Good to have such owners, as it keeps us on our feet.

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Por (chad) on July 05, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Mike, Is there anything about the Lightning or their players you like?

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Por (Mike Joyce) on July 05, 2008 (Suggest removal)

There are many things that I like about the players and the team.  I’m not fond of the owners and management.

What’s wrong with calling a spade a spade?

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Por (Goalman) on July 05, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Just read that Darcy Regier(GM of Buffalo) is saying that Jason Smith’s agent is close to a deal with the Lightning. If so, I think it would be a good aquisition. How about you Mike?

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Por (Mike Joyce) on July 05, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I’m with you Goalman.  It would be a positive move.  So far, the moves have been generally pretty good and they are strengthening all aspects of a team that had placed undo reliance on minor leaguers and called them NHL’ers.

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Por (BW Galle) on July 05, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Boyle got to much money, but they siged him before he became a free agent. Thus, they got something in return and dumped a ton of $$$.

Witht he forwards sgin, both Boyle and Lukowitch had to go (especially Boyle). Not enopugh pucks on the ice and Boyle is a defenseman!

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Por (Mike Joyce) on July 05, 2008 (Suggest removal)

If they had tried to dump both Richards and Boyle at the trade deadline, it would have looked like a fire sale.  This way, they were able to extract a good bargain for Richards, then sign Boyle for a long term deal and get more than they could have gotten by dealing both in what would have seemed to be an emergency situation, where they had no real bargaining power.

Actually, it’s a pretty good hockey deal all the way around.  The only problem is in the devious set of lies that they spun in order to do that.  On the other hand, if they had put all the cards on the table, there’s no telling whether Boyle would have “leaked” the deal to the press and put the kybosh on the entire deal because he wanted to stay in Tampa with his honey.

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Por (BILL BERG) on July 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

We must all know that OK HOCKEY has VERY good Hockey people in their fold and ALL are making SOLID hockey moves with every free agent and trades that are being made!!! Lets noty forget anyone has a very favorite player,but the BOLTS finished 30th out of 30 last year so this is not the Hockey Club OK wanted this year! They are trying to put together a Team to win the Southeast again and go as far as possible in Playoffs. Brian Lawton is a VERY SMART hockey man, PLEASE wait to see the final plan come training camp. We will are be VERY happy BOLT fans when you see the final 23 players that make the team and all 23 will be NHL players not Minor league quality!

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Por (Joe Corr) on July 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Jason Smith is too slow for the East.  He needs the more physical, defensive West.  He is a warrior, but was constantly exposed for his lack of speed with Philly.  The team already has it’s old leader in Roberts.  They don’t need Smith, play one of the kids.

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Por (Mike Joyce) on July 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The Bolts do need an experienced warrior on defense.  For the past several years, we’ve had young whiz bangs there and have been shown up for our lack of abiltiy to handle odd man breaks. 

When the whiz bangers spend so much time on the opposing team’s crease, one of the forwards, like Marty has to drop back to cover the point.  Marty might be defensively responsible, but he’s not a trained defenseman and has great difficulty dealing with a break. 

Let’s get a defensive defenseman who will take the body and not go fishing for the puck.

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Por (Mr. Blister) on July 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I also like the new owners’ moves made to strengthen all aspects of the team but do not like the owners personally - until we get a reasonable explanation of why the Boyle deal had to go down in such an underhanded way that it disrespected a player who had given his all for this team, my season ticket renewal is on hold

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Por (Justin) on July 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Usually people who boast about their “season tickets” usually have none. If you truly feel that way, go ahead and cancel, save the seat for a fan who supports the team regardless of who is on the team or who owns it.

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Por (MC) on July 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Eerily Quiet Today…

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Por (Steve Dobbins) on July 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Any reason why we haven’t heard about Vinny officially signing his big new contract? Latest entry on tbo is that he only agreed in principle. I heard a rumor that he’s a little upset about how the new ownership handled the Boyle situation.

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Por (Justin) on July 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Steve, Where’s the source of this rumor. Find it and slap whoever started it. Vinny knows it’s business and I bet being unsigned he could have swayed the decision a little, plus they traded Richards who was pretty much his best friend and he’s still choosing to resign.

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Por (Big bill) on July 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Where’s Artyunhin? Is there something theyr’e not telling us ?

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Por (Justin) on July 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The problem with Arty was waiting for documentation saying he wasn’t under contract in Russia

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Por (Jordan G) on July 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Maybe Vinny hasnt signed the contract yet because he wants to get a no-move clause or something, if he doesnt already have one lol, so he doesnt find himself in a Dan Boyle situation later on in life…..

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Por (Mike M) on July 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The management would have been pretty stupid not to talk up Boyle before the trade.  Vinny too might get traded but for who?  The Boyle trade has angered a lit of fans but the bolts got a first round D pick from 2006 (Wishart) and Carle is a former Hobey Baker winner, plus some future picks. Tortorella apparently thought that the only college hockey in the US was Maine and that mind set took the bolts to last place last year.  In the end Tampa may have come out way ahead on the Boyle trade, and I don;t think anyone will miss Luckowich.

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Por (Jordan G) on July 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

TSN is reporting that the Lightning have signed Mark Recchi to a 1 year, 1.25 million dollar contract….
I dont really understand this one…..

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