One of the hardest parts of being the coach of an NHL team is putting together a roster that can stand tall against the competitions during the season.
Unfortunately, this decision is especially difficult for Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper.
After Saturday night’s 5-4 shootout win over the in-state rival Florida Panthers, the Lightning made their second set of cuts, reassigning players to other teams within the organization.
Below is a list of the players most recently sent back down.
|Vladislav Namestnikov||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Cedric Paquette||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Philippe Paradis||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Geoff Walker (waivers)||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
Also, here is the list of players that had been reassigned prior to Saturday night’s game.
|Brady Brassart||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Cedrick Desjardins||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Adam Erne||Quebec Remparts||QMJHL|
|Danick Gauthier||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Riku Helenius||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Henri Ikonen||Kingston Frontenacs||OHL|
|Slater Koekkoek||Windsor Spitfires||OHL|
|Charles Landry||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Max Langelier-Parent||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Dan Milan||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Joey Mormina||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Eric Neilson||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Nikita Nesterov||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Carl Nielson||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Drew Olson||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Evan Rankin||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Tanner Richard||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Artem Sergeev||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
|Luke Wikowski||Syracuse Crunch||AHL|
While there are quite a few players on this team that I am going to miss, unfortunately, when you have this much talent within an organization, there is simply not enough room for everyone on the main roster.
The burden of this dilemma lies squarely on the shoulders of Jon Cooper.
He has to be the one to step up and make the tough decisions that need to be made in order for the Lightning to be competitive in the new Atlantic Division.
While this year may not have been their year to make it to the big time, there is no doubt in my mind that they will get their chance at the main roster sometime soon. We may seem some of these players this season should someone be taken out with an injury, others will have to wait their turn.
No matter what the case may be, there is one thing for sure; the future of the Tampa Bay Lightning looks extremely bright.
What do you think of the cuts that have been made so far? Do you think there was someone on the list that you feel should have stayed? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!