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1. Which player, for the love of God, do you NOT want to see in your team's sweater in the 09-10 season?
Cassie: Chris Chelios. I like the guy - I really do - but he deserves so much better than what Tampa Bay can give him. Especially with ownership squabbles and money woes going on. Out of respect for a legendary player, please don't sign Chelios! For his own sake, don't even talk to him or his agent! Let him retire a Blackhawk - just like he should.
John: Chelios but for different reasons. Chris is one of those “traditional” players who thinks he is protecting the sancity of the game when he undermines hockey and it’s fans in the south. I respect what he’s accomplished in his career but he has publicly stated how much he hates the fact hockey went to regions “where it doesn’t belong”. That said, if he were chased or signed by Tampa, he’d be selling-out ideals as well as obviously desperate to stick around. No thanks.
2. Conversely, pick a potential move by another team that would just crush your soul/favorite team's chances.
Cassie: The obvious - trading away Vinny Lecavalier. He is the franchise; he is the Tampa Bay Lightning. But they can't keep him. The team's been pretty clear about their financial situation. So it's a damned if they do, and damned if they don't. Keeping him means cutting salary elsewhere. Trading him means getting rid of 10 years of franchise history. Not to mention a goodly number of fans. Nothing good can come of this situation.
John: What Cassie says is true, but what I fear (with all the rumors swirling around about money) is a fire sale. I can see it now: Malone to... somewhere for a bag of pucks; St. Louis dealt to the Rangers for tickets to Elton John performing at Madison Square Garden (nosebleed seats, ugh!); Jeff Halpern traded to the Kings for gift certificates to California Pizza Kitchen… And Vinny to the Habs in return for Poutine and a condiment-to-be-named-later… That would kill me and the fan base in TB.