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Barrie predicts: "We're not done."



So, let's see what we learned today.

Owner Len Barrie said the Lightning reached agreements with forwards Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts, though he said the contracts won't be signed until Monday. I won't go through all the contract parameters again because they are clearly laid out in previous posts, and to be honest, I'm just tired of typing.

The team then traded for the negotiating rights to high-scoring forward Brian Rolston.

On Monday, OK Hockey, the eight-man group of which Barrie and Oren Koules are primary investors, is expected to close the $200-million deal to buy the team, the St. Pete Times Forum lease and 5.5 adjacent acres from Palace Sorts & Entertainment. That means that finally, OK Hockey will officially be the owner.

Add the signing of Vinny Prospal, adding coach Barry Melrose, the Vinny Lecavalier contract saga, and it's been quite a week or so for OK Hockey. And at the end of Sunday, when it all started to wind down, Barrie made this prediction of the Tampa Bay makeover that shows no signs of slowing down:

"We're not done yet."

Don't think my poor fingers can take it.   

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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