Though some of us may have taken a couple days off for the 4th, Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman remained busy. Tampa’s goaltending woes have been making fans start rumors, doubt team management, and even turn on each other in conversation debates. Everyone wants to blame someone. When Mr. Yzerman didn’t sign a goaltender by trade deadline, it started the rumble in the beehive of Bolt Nation. Everyone’s been watching his every move, waiting to hear information on how he’s going to save the day with a fantasy goal tender who can stop pucks with the mere force of his mind. That was the expectations put on Dwayne Roloson after the success of his playoff run. That seems to be the expectations put upon every goaltender. It can’t be the fall of the defense, or not enough from the forwards. It can’t be that half the team is on leave for injuries, or just a bad game because they’re up against a really talented opponent. It’s always the goaltender’s fault. Well, we have a light at the end of the tunnel. The Lightning have signed Anders Lindback for two years.
The native of Gavle, Sweden was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in the 7th round, 207th overall. Since then he has played 38 career NHL games, all with Nashville. He’s got a record of 16-13-2 with a 2.53 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. Last season he played 16 games, with a 5-8-0 record 2.42 goals against average, and a .912 save percentage. He’s 24 years old, 203 pounds, and towers at 6’6″. In 2010 he earned a Bronze medal with Team Sweden in the World Championships.
I’ll be honest. His numbers don’t impress me. But I’m ‘all in‘ for second chances. Tampa has been grounds in the past for taking in players who haven’t been playing at their potential, and giving them the opportunity to succeed. And they have flourished. Hopefully Lindback will be able to mind the net with out feeling the pressure of ridiculous and unrealistic expectations and up the numbers for both his statistics personally, and for the Tampa Bay Lightning. So welcome to Tampa Bay, Anders. Don’t let the blogs or comments get to you. Because they will be critical.
Until then, it’s just another day in hockey paradise.
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