Tampa Bay Lightning Training Camp Battles: The Blue Line
- Zach Bogosian vs. Haydn Fleury vs. Nick Perbix vs. Darren Raddysh
Whether or not you think this grouping is solid enough to hold up isn’t the question. One way or another, a log jam exists heading into training camp along the blue line.
If one assumes that Victor Hedman, Mikhail Sergachev, Erik Cernak, and new free agent signing Calvin de Haan are for sure four of the six members that will make up Tampa’s defensemen, that leaves four candidates for two potential slots.
Perbix appeared in 69 games last season and scored 20 points with a plus/minus of +11. One would assume he has the inside track for one of the slots.
Bogosian was the talk of some trade rumors in the offseason but is still a member of the Lightning.
Fleury appeared in 29 games last season with a plus/minus of -10 and saw action in one of the playoff games against Toronto.
Raddysh was inserted late last season and went on to start in all six playoff games against Toronto.