The Tampa Bay Lightning have 3 goalies that are under contract next season. Mathieu Garon, Dustin Tokarski, and Pat Nagle are those players. Mathieu Garon has proven he is a keeper. Dustin Tokarski proved he has what it takes, and with some more playing time in the AHL, he has a very bright future. Pat Nagle is the 3rd one, but we haven’t seen him in the NHL. Goalie Riku Helenius may be brought back from Europe, and I have attached a link to one of his player profile pages: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riku_Helenius. He is a former 1st round draft pick, ,and would a perfect fit as a back-up to Mathieu Garon, as it is my opinion he (Garon) will be our starter unless something else is in the works.
General Manager Steve Yzerman has made it clear what the game plan is, and there is a blueprint for the future. We are now in the middle of the implentation process. The game plan has always been to do what makes sense for the short and long term success of the team. He will also not sacrifice our future for short-term glory. A plan that will not be derailed.
With the above being said, it is common knowledge we saw alot of scouting activity during the season. To remain competitive while building for the future, the team must have some veterans. We all know who has been looked at so I won’t list the names that have been or are being considered.
Bottom line is Mr. Yzerman will not mortgage our future for short term glory. The plan is long term. I am very excited, as everyone else about what the Tampa Bay Lightning are doing. Lightning will strike numerous times in the years to come. Stay tuned to the sky, or in the teams case, the weather inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
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