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Old 04-09-2017, 06:09 PM
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Some nice chemistry developing between Drouin and Erne. They are finding each other quite often.
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Old 04-09-2017, 06:40 PM
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One last pay windah and we finish with a winning record for the season at least.
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Old 04-09-2017, 07:55 PM
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This team's going to be so good next season it'll make you blush. You heard it here first.
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Old 04-09-2017, 09:20 PM
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This team's going to be so good next season it'll make you blush. You heard it here first.
Only if they learned that all games matter.
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Old 04-09-2017, 10:20 PM
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Only if they learned that all games matter.
Let's dissect why this season went awry:

1.) The whole Ben Bishop situation created a weird vibe that led to the Lightning having subpar goaltending the first 2/3 of the season.

Once Ben was traded, Vasiy stood on his head down the stretch.

2.) Steven Stamkos got hurt and the Lightning did not have enough quality center depth to compensate for it with Tyler Johnson continuing to underachieve and the failure of Vladislav Namestnikov to step up.

Steven Stamkos is coming back healthy next season and Brayden Point emerged as the truth once he returned from the broken paw and should slide to center. There's still work to do at the position, but the top two spots are solid.

3.) The Lightning right side defensive options remained a smoldering dumpster fire after Anton Stralman with Andrej Sustr and Nikita Nesterov failing miserably to step up and Brayden Coburn having to play too much of the first 2/3 of the year out of position.

Jake Dotchin came down from on high and rescued the Lightning defensive corps. Righty d-men are rare as hen's teeth. Nobody saw the rise of Dotchin coming, but I'll take it and run. With Hedman, Dotchin, Coburn, and Stralman, we've got a reasonable start to a d-corps. There's work to be done, but again, the top spots are close enough to solid for me to feel comfortable next year.

What I also like is that after 2 years of making very few roster changes, we're finally going to see a purge of the guys who either have been liabilities or have plateaued and we're going to see an influx of new blood, with the exception of goddamned Killorn and Callahan. But guys like Sustr, Brown, etc. who we know are empty calorie minutes likely won't be here next year and there will be guys like Erne, in all likelihood, who will get a shot. That'll bring a fresh new energy to the rink, just like it did down the stretch of the season.

Oh, and Palat was Palat again the last 1/3 of the year. Thank God.
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