March 17, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Brett Connolly (14) shoots against the St. Louis Blues during the second period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Place Dana Tyrell on Waivers

Feb 1, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Dana Tyrell (42) attacks the goal during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Dana Tyrell reportedly has been placed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning.  What does this mean?  It means that the Lightning, currently on a three game losing streak, are going to try to shake things up.  Tyrell, coming off of his second major knee reconstruction surgery to repair a torn ACL, has looked like his old speedy self but it appears the team wants a little more offense.  How are they going to get it though?  I would say that this move means that the Bolts are getting ready to bring up another young offensive prospect such as Brett Connolly, Richard Panik, Tyler Johnson, or Alex Killorn.  These four players are having excellent seasons and with the exception of Johnson are all big, powerful players that have skill.  That is what the third line needs right now because this road trip is starting to show that the Lightning need some more offense.

Less likely however, this move could also mean that a trade or free agent signing could be coming, but I do not see that happening.  This is unfortunate for Tyrell who as recently as last week was given high praise by Coach Guy Boucher for his high work ethic and his world class speed.  Hopefully Tyrell goes unclaimed and he can go down to the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League and work on his offensive game.

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