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Lightning Round: Anthony Cirelli nearing return

We’re down to days, not weeks, or months

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are almost ready to roll out their fully operational line-up. With Zach Bogosian coming back last week, that left just Anthony Cirelli on injured reserve, and it looks like he might be back fairly soon. According to Eddy Encina with the Tampa Bay Times, Cirelli is becoming more and more involved in practices and we could see him back in game action in just over a week.

Of course, they are still dealing with some nagging injuries that have knocked players like Cole Koepke and Ross Colton out of the line-up for a few games, but the return of Cirelli would fill a huge gap in the roster (especially on the penalty kill). Chances are he draws into the roster centering the third line, pushing Vlad Namestnikov out to a wing position. Depending on who is healthy when he returns that could cost Koepke some playing time or Coach Cooper might elect to start resting some of the players on the School Bus Line, a line that hasn’t been quite as effective as we all hoped they would be.

General manager Julien BriseBois will also have to make some decisions in regards to the salary cap that he’s been able to put off for the first couple of months in the season. It will be interesting to see how he navigates the issue. There could be a trade involved or a dicey 24-hour wait for some players to clear waivers. Chances are there will be a few players on the move to make it all work out, so look forward to watching the waiver wire.

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