New faces make blue line different place
Additions from free agency, draft should help Tampa improve
Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, checking in Tuesday with the Lightning.
Summer Skate -- Tampa Bay Lightning
Last season can only be considered a nightmare for those in and around the Lightning organization. So, as the team moves forward into 2009-10, it's pretty likely only positive steps can be made. The Bolts did well to add Victor Hedman at the draft and Mattias Ohlund via free agency, but a return to form from some of its current players may be the key to a turnaround in the Bay. And one of the team's former signings seems ready to step up.
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