Updated: August 28, 2003, 11:46 AM ETBy By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Tampa Bay Lightning: When a young talent such as Brad Richards says he loves his teammates and the Tampa Bay organization and "I don't want to be anywhere else," it shows how important it was for the once-inept Lightning to keep the 23-year-old center happy. Richards, a restricted free agent, signed a three-year, $9.25 million contract with bonus incentives on Wednesday. Colorado Avalanche: Goaltending in Colorado will be one of the most closely watched positions this season after the retirement of legend Patrick Roy. Rookie Phil Sauve, who is penciled in as the backup to David Aebischer, calmly says he's looking forward to the challenge. Chicago Blackhawks: Getting second-year center Tyler Arnason and prospect Matt Ellison signed Wednesday might be just the start of some moves by the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago GM Mike Smith told the Chicago Sun-Times he is close to making a trade for a defenseman, is mulling over the list of available free agents and is encouraged by recent talks with prospect Tuomo Ruutu's agent.