Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback has signed a 1 year deal with the Dallas Stars.
It looks like one of the first moves of the 2014 NHL Free Agency period sees a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning laving Hockey Paradise and finding a new home.
Lindback’s new deal with the Stars is reportedly worth $925,000.
The Gavle, Sweden native is one of those players who I will miss greatly on a personal level as he was always a standup guy when it came to interacting with those of us here in the Bolts Nation; however, when it came to his on ice play, he just couldn’t seem to get the deal done.
In the 23 games he played last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Lindback went 8-12-2 with a Goals Allowed Average of 2.90 and a Save Percentage of .891.
There were plenty if occasions where the 6 foot 6 inch netminder would play an excellent game or make a spectacular save; he simply couldn’t find the consistency needed to be a viable backup for Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop.
With Lindback on his way to Dallas, this leaves one large question here in the Bolts Nation. Who will Yzerman get to fill Lindback’s spot as backup to Bishop?
We have two options, one of which is Latvian goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis. Also, the Lightning has Andrei Vasilevskii at their disposal.
However, if you ask me, I think Gudlevskis could benefit from another year or two in the AHL. Not that I don’t believe that he could get the job done should he be thrown into that position; however, I think it would be a beneficial opportunity to perfect his game and really be ready to hit the ice with glorious purpose when his time comes.
This would require the Lightning to find a low budget, short term, veteran goaltender who could be a viable backup for Bishop.
Who do you think Yzerman should sign to fill this void? Let us know what you think in the comments below.