The Tampa Bay Lightning placed Nikita Kucherov on LTIR yesterday ahead of their date with the Florida Panthers. The now 21-man roster can fit two more spares, but at the moment the team hasn’t called anyone up. They could also trade for Jack Eichel, though I don’t know why they would do that because he even hasn’t had his surgery yet and definitely won’t be playing this season, or possibly ever.
In reality, the Lightning are doing nothing. It’s status quo for the team as they try to push forward with a, frankly, significantly diminished roster than what they had last spring.
Nikita Kucherov is expected to be back sometime during the regular season, I actually thought it was interesting when Mikhail Sergachev said he’s getting ready for the Olympics. That would mean the timeline is a little over three months. Hopefully he’ll get to play for his team there and he’ll come back for the last couple months of the regular season. We’ll probably need him then considering how the season is going so far. Missing the playoffs aren’t out of the question.
Mikhail Sergachev said Nikita Kucherov is one of the most mentally tough players he’s been around. Said Kucherov is doing fine, they’re staying positive. “He’s going to get some rest, get ready for the Olympics, for the playoffs. He’ll be fine.” @TBLightning— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) October 19, 2021
#tblightning Jon Cooper didn’t have a definitive timeline on Nikita Kucherov, though he did say it won’t be as long as last year’s 56-game absence.— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) October 19, 2021
And to all the dummies still going on about conspiracy theories. There were absolutely zero benefits to losing Kucherov three games into the season. If they started him on LTIR after the playoffs and said it was season-ending, sure, complain (but then we’ll ignore you with two Stanley Cups plugging both our ears). This is the worst possible scenario because the Lightning lost a lot of good players over the summer and now Kucherov at a time when the team is kinda pooching it. We don’t want sympathy, just stop karening on Twitter to anyone who’ll listen.
Yes but have you considered that since the Lightning broke Kucherov's groin, they can now keep Johnson, Coleman, and Barre-Boulet!— Hardev (@HardevLad) October 18, 2021
....wait what do you mean it doesn't work like that?!
As for last night, the Lightning lost 4-1 to the Panthers. Matt, who was unwell last night, still managed to get a recap out. Flu Game quality stuff from our guy. [Raw Charge]
“It’s early in the season, but the Lightning’s struggles to score first and attain any form of a lead is becoming worrisome. Tampa Bay has yet to lead for a single second this season. For a team as talent-laden and experienced as this that is a bewildering stat to behold. Tonight’s game only magnified that issue as the Panthers capitalized on their chances while the Lightning squandered theirs.”
Lots of Crunch and Solar Bears fans were hoping the organization would be able to keep Eamon McAdam after the Crunch lost starting goalie Maxime Lagace to injury. Alas, he is off to Denmark.
Around the NHL
Last night was pretty fun in the Atlantic Division, but also in the Central.
The Minnesota Wild came back to beat the Winnipeg Jets in a crazy third period where an empty-net goal for the Jets was called back only for them to lose the lead seconds later and the game in overtime. The Jets are also 0-2-1 to start their season. [Hockey Wilderness]