The Tampa Bay Lightning struggled to an 18-26-4 record during the shortened 2013 NHL season. It may be time to get very bold in free agency and the draft to fix the record and the roster. I’m going to suggest a crazy idea that I’m sure will get the attention of fans in Tampa Bay and one that probably they won’t like to begin with, but bear with me. My suggestion to Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is to trade Vincent Lecavalier and the third pick this season to the Colorado Avalanche for the No. 1 pick in the draft.
I can hear the screams already, but here’s my thought on this. Lecavalier is 33 years old now and is probably in the final years of his career. The allure of defenseman Seth Jones with the top pick is something I would seriously consider. The offense isn’t the problem with Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos on the roster. This team needs defense after being one of the worst teams in the NHL this season in goals allowed.
There has been talk that Tampa Bay is looking to draft another forward with that third pick. You are going to need to replace St. Louis at some point, but why not try to win another title with him still being one of the top players in the league? Lecavalier is a very talented player, obviously, but he just got injured last season and who knows how fragile he is now. Jones could turn into the next great defenseman to build around for 15 years. It would be a very extreme move, but when you weren’t even close to the playoffs this season, sometimes drastic measures are needed.