You stay classy Tampa Bay

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


We don't know what to say about the Lightning's new owners, Len Barrie and Oren Koules anymore. They've essentially taken a NHL franchise hostage and are treating it like their own personal toy.

 They've essentially turned a more than competent general manager in Jay Feaster into a secretary.

They've hired a television clown in Barry Melrose to run their team from behind the bench.

They've overpaid for "contract-year" players such as Ryan Malone and Radim Vrbata.

They wasted a draft pick on trying to acquire the rights to Brian Rolston.

Now it turns out they've threatened one of their now former players.

New Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, a player they encouraged Feaster to sign to a multi-year extension with a no-trade clause back in February, accused one of the two of threatening him and questioning his work ethic if he didn't waive that clause.

Boyle eventually did and was dealt to San Jose.

To quote Boyle from the St. Petersburg Times:

"But when your work ethic is questioned, I can't even, I'm at a loss for words as to what was said. It's absolutely disrespectful and not a way to treat a person. I've given this franchise everything I had. I love it. I love the area and the fans. But at the end of the day, I was misled and lied to and completely disrespected. When you're threatened to be put on waivers and end up in Atlanta, it was an eye-opening situation for me."

Barrie didn't exactly deny that Boyle was threatened with being put on waivers. He simply said it shouldn't have been characterized as such.

More than a few outlets have called Barrie and Koules the "Mark Cubans" of the NHL. At this rate, these two are making Mark Cuban look like Dan Rooney.

We really have to question why Gary Bettman and the NHL approved the Barrie, Koules and their ownership group to take over the Lightning. Most other sports leagues only allow certain people to assume control of a franchise if it's for the good of the league. But we suppose after watching the problems Predators investor William "Boots" Del Biaggio has had as of late, Bettman and the NHL will let anyone buy a NHL team as long as they're not doing it with Monopoly money.

(Photo: Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)



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"He's an underachieving wanna-be in terms of success in the NHL. He won a Stanley Cup? Great. I've won six Stanley Cups, you want to count rings? Who cares, it's just a little pathetic that he carries on."


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