Apr 20, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback (39) in net during the warmup period in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Not Extending a Qualifying Offer to Anders Lindback

In one of the biggest non-shockers of the year, it has come to light that the Tampa Bay Lightning has decided against extending a qualifying offer to goaltender Anders Lindback.

This means that the 6’6” Gävle, Sweden native will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st when the National Hockey League Free Agency period begins.

The news comes courtesy of Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.

I hate to sound like this, but I honestly can’t say that this comes as much of a surprise.

While I don’t place one hundred percent of the blame for his performance on his talent and skill, a certain amount of personal responsibility has to come into play at some point.

In the 2013-14 season, Lindback suited up in 23 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning. In that amount of time, he went 8-12-2 with a Goals Allowed Average of 2.90 and a Save Percentage of .891.

Lindback’s numbers looked even more abysmal in the post season. Lindback posted a record of 0-3-1 in the post season putting up a Goals Allowed Average of 3.91 and a Save Percentage of .881.

The most interesting part of this whole situation is that according to Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman said that while the organization does not plan to extend a qualifying offer to him, Lindback does remain in the mix in regards to options for a backup for Ben Bishop next season.

“We are going to look and see what is out there, but (Lindback) is on the list,’’ Yzerman told the Tampa Tribune.

If you ask my honest opinion, which I just know you’re dying to do, I don’t understand why Yzerman would be looking to the Free Agency for a goaltender when we have two viable candidates already in the system with Kristers Gudlevskis and Andrei Vasilevskii.

Now, if he is looking for someone to head to Syracuse in the stead of one of the two aforementioned players, then that seems perfectly logical; however, there are not going to be many players out there who would be looking to head to the AHL when there could be other offers out there.

Tomorrow morning, the Free Agent interviews begin. This means that teams can now speak to players on other teams who are set to become free agents this year. Unfortunately, they will still have to wait for July 1st in order to be able to put pen to paper; however, this will give us a better idea which roads the team is looking towards heading down.

What are your thoughts on Anders Lindback? Do you think he will still be a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning next season? If not, which team do you think he’ll be heading to in the 2014-15 season? Vote in our poll and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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