On paper the Tampa Bay Lightning defense is on fire


  • So this is what the Lightning defense looks like on paper
  • Not bad for the 17th most expensive defensive squad in the league
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning added to its firepower with the signing of Kevin Shattenkirk.
  • After the New York Rangers showed Shattenkirk the doors, the Lightning didn’t want to sniff around for too long.
  • The Rangers had their reasons to buy out Shattenkirk.
  • He is now another former Rangers player on the Tampa Bay Lightning behalf.
  • What is the Lightning defence with Kevin Shattenkirk going to look like?
  • The Lightning have lost important parts of their recent success.
  • Anton Stralman has signed with the Florida Panthers, the divisional rivals.
  • Dan Girardi is still an unrestricted free agent, not expected to return to Tampa Bay.
  • When the playoffs began last spring, the Lightning defence had Victor Hedman paired with Girardi.
  • Ryan McDonagh played on a stable second defensive pair with Erik Cernak, who had a breakout year.
  • The third pair was a bit of an experiment with Mikhail Sergachev and Jan Rutta together.
  • Stralman was injured, Braydon Coburn was a healthy scratch.
  • The Lightning re-signed Coburn to a two-year contract extension this offseason.
  • They also re-signed Jan Rutta to a one-year deal.
  • The Lightning signed free agent Luke Schenn to a one-year deal.
  • As it appears now, the Lightning defence with Kevin Shattenkirk would see the right-handed blueliner featuring on the top-pair duties with Victor Hedman.
  • This would be the projection:

Victor Hedman – Kevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonagh – Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev – Jan Rutta
Braydon Coburn – Luke Schenn

  • But we have to be aware of one thing, on paper they were the best team last year.
  • Didn’t mean nothing in the playoffs



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