CURRENT LIGHTNING ROSTER
Ryan CraigAdam Hall
Vincent LecavalierRyan Malone
Michel OuelletVaclav ProspalMark RecchiGary Roberts
Martin St. Louis
Nick TarnaskyRadim Vrbata
Jason WardEvgeny Artyhukin
Ty WishartGOALIESOlaf Kolzig
Mike SmithLAST YEAR'S LIGHTNING ROSTER
Jason WardMathieu Darche
Martin St. LouisCraig MacDonald
Ryan CraigAndre Roy
Andreas KarlssonTim Taylor
Blair JonesChris Gratton
Doug JanikDan Boyle
Matt SmabyBrad Lukowich
Insane additions by Tampa this summer. But 2 major questions will remain going in 2008-09:
1. How are the defence going to perform? There were no upgrades there at all. Remember, the Lightning's 267 goals against last season was 2nd-worst in the NHL. Their 227 goals for ranked them about 17th in the League. 23 of the 27 players were in the minus category.
That is skewed a bit because Jeff Halpern came over late at the trade deadline in the Richards deal. Jussi Jokinen, also acquired in the Richards deal, finished in the minus category.
2. With the massive change in the forward lines, how will the chemistry be? That's the risk of buying a team. Maybe the addition of veterans like Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi will help with that.
The team will have to pull together defensively to cut back on the goals against, because Mike Smith and Olaf Kolzig can't do it all by themselves.
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