Mathieu Garon: Picked up near the beginning of ‘Free Agent Frenzy’ season, Mathieu Garon left the Columbus Blue Jackets to step in as back-up goaltender to former teammate Dwayne Roloson.
Garon signed a deal with the Lightning worth $1.3-million over two years. Garon is a 10-year NHL veteran, which is great to have as a back-up. While most back-up goaltenders tend to be young, up-and-comers, Garon won’t have the mental weaknesses stemming from nerves and pressure of the big leagues when thrown in goal. That’s the biggest strength now of Tampa Bay’s goaltending team: experience.
Matt Gilroy: Matt Gilroy, who the Bolts acquired from the New York Rangers, will add some youth to the blue line. His speed, plus playing around top veteran defenseman this season, should have Gilroy begin to mould into not necassarily a star player, but a consistent and dependable one. Of all new acquisitions, Gilroy seems to have the most potential to have his game completely change.
Gilroy played two seasons (127 games) with the Rangers and pocketed 26 points in that time. The defenceman was signed to a one-year deal worth $1-million. Gilroy told the St. Petersburg Times about coming to Tampa: ”They play a skating game, and my game is built around my skating. I should fit nicely.”
A number of players were also re-signed to the team this off-season and you can read about them and their contracts in more details by clicking these links:
The team lost faces like Sean Bergenheim and Simon Gagne, but overall, not too much has significantly changed for the Tampa Bay Lightning when it comes to the roster. It seems that they are out to prove that last season’s team wasn’t a one-hit wonder and that this is a consistent team when it comes down to making a genuine Stanley Cup playoff run.