NHL Trade Deadline: GM Brian Lawton Has Failed Tampa Bay Lightning Again

March 4th, 2010 by JC De La Torre Leave a reply »
On a day where Jefferey Vinik secured final approval as the new owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, his new hockey team entered the trade deadline needing help along the blue-line, mainly a puck moving defenseman, and a scoring winger for Vincent Lecavalier.

It left after the deadline needing help on the blue-line, a scoring winger for Vinny, and a third line forward to replace the veteran leadership of Jeff Halpern.

Brian Lawton failed to pull off a deal to help his hockey club in it's run at the playoffs. Anyone watching Tampa Bay fall apart in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers the other night knows the Lightning needed defensive help.

Lecavalier came out with a renewed passion, banging, fightning for the puck and playing the hardest we've seen him play in some time. Still, he had no one that could deliver him the puck, nor put it in when he gave it to them.

Two glaring weaknesses that were obvious.

Lawton traded Halpern for a guy who's success came in the AHL and in 91 games with the big league managed nine goals and 25 points total.

This is the guy who Lawton brought in to help Lecavalier.

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