Call it cyncism on my part or a lack of creativity on the part of the Tampa Bay Lightning, but the latest poll posted on the Lightning official web site seems like it had a fixed outcome even before it was posted.
Who has been most impressive on the Lightning blue line? seems like a great general question considering hwo torn apart the Lightning blue line has been... Who has stood out and made a difference on defense in the wake of injuries and instability?
But the choices, while telling of the situation on defense, only offers one player who has played consistently at Tampa Bay (Matt Smaby) while 3 of the other choices are new acquisitions and have played a total of 13 games combined with the Lightning this season (Noah Welch, Matt Lashoff, and Richard Petiot)... Four games less than the total of the 5th option in the poll: Josef Melichar (17).
Nit picking on my part, I guess, and of course web polls tend to be inane... Besides, I don't believe the Lightning would ask the fans a question that would take serious consideration.