For the third time this season the Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Darren Raddysh from the Syracuse Crunch. Coupled with the fact that both Zach Bogosian and Erik Cernak were absent from the Lightning’s practice on Tuesday it looks like he was brought back as a little defensive insurance for the upcoming road trip to Colorado and Arizona.
Even without the two veterans, the blueline has been okay with a right side of Jan Rutta, Cal Foote, and Mikhail Sergachev (switching over from his preferred left side). Fredrik Claesson, who was returned to the Crunch at the beginning of February has been...fine in the few games he popped in while the Lightning sort out their defensive combinations. Raddysh is a natural right-sided defenseman so it makes a little more sense to recall him if it looks like he’ll actually get into a game.
It looks like Cernak nor Bogosian will be in the line-up on Thursday:
#TBlightning coach Jon Cooper is hopeful Erik Cernak will return in the next three games. Said that Zach Bogosian is still more week-to-week. Liked speed of practice today coming off several day off for the all-star break. #gobolts— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) February 8, 2022
It will be interesting to see how the coaching staff lines up the defense without the two mainstays. While Rutta has lined up with Victor Hedman for the majority of his time in Tampa, Cal Foote has shown an affinity for playing with the Big Swede. Dropping Rutta to a combination with Ryan McDonagh would allow Coach Cooper to roll two pretty strong pairings while mixing in the third pair Sergachev and Raddysh in favorable situations. The Lightning’s staff does like double shifting Sergachev and Hedman together from time to time throughout a game, so that would also give Raddysh a bit of a break.
Expect Raddysh to make the trip to Colorado and hang around on the roster until Cernak is ready to go, or possibly longer as a seventh defenseman since taxi squads are no longer a thing.
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