Into the great wide open

So Dan Boyle is out 3-6 weeks after a skate-cut injury at his locker. How much pressure this puts on Jay Feaster to go out and add veteran blue line depth to the roster remains to be seen but Boyle will certainly miss the opener and first weeks of the season.

This also gives the Lightning minor leaguers and prospects more of a reason to state a case to stay in Tampa Bay. The number 5 and 6 defensive roles will be open... That is, unless Jay acts and I could very well see him doing so unless money (through additional signings) for the team is frozen until the sale of the franchise is complete.