Clearly, the Andreychuk situation was handled poorly by the club. Last week, according to multiple sources, the team contacted the other 29 clubs by fax seeking possible trade offers for its 42-year-old captain. Of course, the fax was leaked to the media. (In the NHL, it’s beyond naive to think that you can send a fax to 29 teams and expect things to remain confidential.)
Andreychuk has been a father-like figure in Tampa since arriving in 2001. At that time, the Bolts were a young team struggling to find its way. Andreychuk was a mentor for the club’s youngsters and he helped establish a work ethic and identity for the franchise.
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