Lukas Krajicek's time with the Tampa Bay Lightning appears to be over
Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Brian Lawton said recently demoted defenseman Lukas Krajicek "won't be on re-entry (waivers) under any circumstances." That means Krajicek's time with the Lightning is over while the team tries to work on a trade.
Lawton said there was some interest in Krajicek before he was sent down to AHL Norfolk on Dec. 12, but the deals would have been for an asset coming back, something in which the team was not interested. So, for now, Krajicek is collecting on his $1.475 million contract as a minor leaguer.
"We just didn't feel that was in our best interest now," Lawton said on Sunday in snowbound Uniondale, N.Y. "But we think something will happen there that will be cheaper for us in the long term."
Added the GM about Krajicek, who had one assist in 23 games and whose turnover against the Red Wings on Thursday ended up as a Detroit goal: "It just wasn't happening with the overall play; the compete level more than anything that's imperative for us every night. It needs to be at a certain level and we didn't feel that it was there. It's a tough business, but that's the way it goes."
On another topic, the past two days have been inconvenient for the team. Saturday's flight from St. Louis to New York in advance of Monday's game with the Islanders was diverted to Newburgh, N.Y., about 85 miles north of the team hotel in Uniondale, because of the predicted blizzard in the New York metropolitan area. A two and a half hour bus ride got us to the team hotel just as the snow began to come down.
The storm produced a winter wonderland, though the main roads, plowed quickly, were passable and the team bussed to the Islanders' practice rink in nearby Syosset for an afternoon practice.