On paper the Tampa Bay Lightning defense is on fire
— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) August 9, 2019
- 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
— NX PRESSURE (@HEAD_GXNE) August 9, 2019