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Lightning waive Andreychuk, saying he can't keep up


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TAMPA, Fla. ? (AP) ? The Tampa Bay Lightning waived 42-year-old captain Dave Andreychuk on Tuesday, saying the inspirational leader of their Stanley Cup championship team could not keep up with the speed the NHL's new rules have brought about.


Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said Andreychuk had worked hard during and after last season's lockout, but neither he nor the coaches could foresee ??the type of game the new NHL would be upon its return ? a game in which speed and quickness carry the day. After giving ourselves half a season to evaluate and analyze, it became clear to us that David's game was not suited to the new NHL.''


Andreychuk had six goals and 12 assists in 42 games this season. He ranks second all-time in the NHL among left wings in goals (640), assists (698) and points (1,338). He reached the 20-goal mark for the 19th time in 2003-04, third most in NHL history behind Gordie Howe (22) and Ron Francis (20). His 1,338 career points is tied for 23rd most in NHL history.


During the Lightning's playoff run in 2004, he had a goal and 13 assists on the way to being part of a Stanley Cup-winning team for the first time.


The Lightning said that Andreychuk will be assigned to their AHL affiliate so that they can pay his $800,000 salary, but he will not be required to report.


Andreychuk has also played for Buffalo, Toronto, New Jersey, Boston and Colorado.




OUCH!! low blow can't keep up anymore...what do they expect for a 42-year old

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I wouldnt mind picking him up.


I remember watching him play at the Aud club when I was like 9 years old in Buffalo, those were the good old days.


But his career is done and I honestly can't see see anywhere on this team where he'd fit in, we don't need anymore 40+ year olds.

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