Tampa Bay Lightning: Vinny, Marty and Stammer, the 3 Faces of the Franchise

Bob FoxContributor IJune 28, 2012

TAMPA, FL - JUNE 7:  Vincent Lecavalier #4 of the Tampa Bay Lightning raises the the Stanley Cup over his head in the locker room after the victory over the Calgary Flames in Game seven of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 7, 2004 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning defeated the Flames 2-1.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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There is no doubt that the three faces of the franchise for the Tampa Bay Lightning are Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos. Lecavalier and St. Louis have both been with the team for over a decade and are the only remaining members of the 2004 Stanley Cup championship team still on the roster.

Meanwhile, Stamkos has had a marvelous start to his career, which now spans four years. The last three years have been unbelievable.

Let's take a look at the accomplishments of these three players with the Bolts...

 

Vincent Lecavalier

Seasons: 13

Goals: 373

Assists: 469

Points: 842

Playoff stats (63 games): 24 goals, 28 assists and 52 points

Captain: 2000-2001, 2008-present

Stanley Cup: 2004

TAMPA, FL - JUNE 7:  Martin St. Louis #26 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates with the Stanley Cup in the locker room after defeating the Calgary Flames in game seven of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 7, 2004 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fl
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Rocket Richard Trophy: 2007

 

Martin St. Louis

 

Seasons: 11

Goals: 319

Assists: 513

Points: 832

Playoff stats (63 games): 33 goals, 35 assists and 68 points

Stanley Cup: 2004

Hart Trophy: 2004

Art Ross Trophy: 2004

Lester B. Pearson Award: 2004

 

Steven Stamkos

BOSTON, MA - MAY 27:  Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning returns to the game after being hit in the face with a puck in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Bruins during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden
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Seasons: 4

Goals: 179

Assists: 150

Points: 329

 

Playoff stats (18 games): 6 goals, 7 assists and 13 points

Rocket Richard Trophy: 2010, 2012

 

Quite a list of accomplishments, don't you think? Just something to mull over—if Stamkos played 13 years in the NHL like Lecavalier has up to this point, his stats would look like this based on his play so far in his four-year career:

Goals: 582

Assists: 488

Points: 1,070

If Stamkos continues to play like he has played the past three seasons over a sustained amount of time (15-20 seasons), where he has averaged 52 goals, 42 assists and 94 points a season, he will be among the very best who have ever played in the NHL.

TAMPA, FL - JUNE 7:  Tampa Bay Lightning players and staff pose for a team photo with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Calgary Flames in Game seven of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 7, 2004 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. The Lightni
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The bottom line, however, is winning the Stanley Cup as often as you can. Lecavalier, St. Louis and Stamkos play in a very solid organization from top to bottom that has that capability.

It starts with owner Jeffrey Vinik. Vinik has surrounded himself with great hockey minds. Examples would be GM Steve Yzerman, head coach Guy Boucher and the director of amateur scouting, Al Murray.

This group has accumulated some great young talent the last three seasons through the NHL draft and also via trades.

The Bolts came within a game of reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2011 and definitely have the talent and leadership to make another Stanley Cup run next season and beyond.

It would be great to see the three faces of the franchise hoisting Lord Stanley in the near future.