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Okay, let's talk about these things. If you look at web sites that "speculate'' on trade rumors, you would be convinced Vinny Lecavalier is being traded to the Avalanche, Marty St. Louis is on his way to the Rangers and there is a "big trade'' brewing with a western Canadian team that might or might not be the Oilers.

Do yourself a favor and don't believe anything you read on sites that "speculate.'' These guys have little or no idea what is going on with a specific team. Do you really think some guy sitting behind a desk somewhere knows the nuances of what is going on with the Lightning? And doesn't it tell you, in the case of any of these supposed trades, that the media in those cities have not written anything about them. No secret is that deep, and if it is, a guy on a web site is not going to report it first.

Why would the Lightning trade Vinny 4 or St. Louis when they are two of the best players in the league right now? They are not trading Brad Richards because he is so good and so well thought of, he will be their next captain. Trade Dan Boyle? That's just about giving up on your season.

Does the Lightning have needs? Of course. An upgrade on defense isn't a bad idea and Jay Feaster will keep trying to improve the team. But with the team playing well, the urgency is less and there is no way he is trading Vinny, St. Louis, Richards or Boyle.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:37pm]


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