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TSN's Off-season analysis of the Bolts


The venerable and interesting TSN Off-Season Game Plan section of their website has finally gotten around to the Lightning.  In his plan, Scott Cullen covers the challenges facing our GM/JM this summer, and makes some suggestions as to potential draft picks.  The whole thing is definitely worth reading (link to the article is here), but here are some snippets:

On finding free agent forwards to fill projected holes in the forward ranks:

More reasonably, free agents like Pascal Dupuis, Chad LaRose or Drew Miller might be capable replacements to round out the forward ranks, but how much money the Lightning can afford to spend on free agents will be affected by how much [Steven Stamkos] gets paid.

Mentioning the significant work this summer for the defensive corps:

Tampa Bay's defence is the position most in need of an upgrade. If they could keep [Eric Brewer], who played very well after coming over from St. Louis, that would be a start, and Marc-Andre Bergeron can be an asset on the power play, but the Lightning should remain open to any trades or signings that will upgrade a defence corps that has too many vets in their mid-30s.

Again, how much money is available to bolster this position will depend on the cost associated with Stamkos' new deal, but a puck-mover like Andy Greene could be viable, particularly if Brewer departs.

And to the goaltenders:

If the Lightning don't retain Mike Smith, they'll likely seek an inexpensive backup and, if no great options come in at the right price, could give the role to Cedrick Desjardins.

And finally, to the draft, Cullen, projects the Bolts to select Rocco Grimaldi, Connor Murphy, or Stuart Pearcy.

This post was written by a member of the Raw Charge community and does not necessarily represent or express the views or opinions of Raw Charge staff.

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