Bringing back Lightning Namestnikov, add three defenders

Bringing back Lightning Namestnikov, add three defenders

After the NHL draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is examining where each team stands in preparation for the 2022-23 regular season, which begins Oct. 7. Today, Tampa Bay Lightning:

2021-22 Season: 51-23-8, third in Atlantic Division; Lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Colorado Avalanche

main arrival

Ian ColeD: The 33-year-old signed a one-year deal on July 13. He had 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) and two points (one goal, one assist) in 14 games in 75 regular-season games for the Carolina Hurricanes last season. Stanley Cup Playoff Game. … Vladislav NamastnikovF: The 29-year-old signed a one-year deal on July 13. He had 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) and two points in 75 games with the Detroit Red Wings (60 games) and Dallas Stars (15) last season. In seven playoff games (one goal, one assist). Nemestnikov played for the Lightning from 2014-18 and had 123 points (53 goals, 70 assists) in 263 games. … Haydn FleuryD: The 26-year-old signed a two-year deal on July 13. He had four points (two goals, two assists) in 36 games for the Seattle Kraken last season. … Philip MyersD: The 25-year-old forward was acquired in a trade with the Nashville Predators Grant MismashFor the defenseman Ryan McDonagh July 3. Myers had four points (goal, three assists) in 27 NHL games last season.

main exit

Ondrej PalatF: Signed a five-year contract with the New Jersey Devils on July 14. Palat had 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists) in 77 regular-season games last season and 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 23 playoff games. He had 423 points (143 goals, 280 assists) in 628 games for the Lightning and helped win Stanley Cups in 2020 and 2021. Ryan McDonagh, D: Had 26 points (four goals, 22 assists) in 71 regular-season games and five points (goal, four assists) in 23 playoff games. McDonagh had 99 points (20 goals, 79 assists) in 267 games for Tampa Bay over five seasons and won two Stanley Cups. … Jan RuttaD: Signed a three-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 13. He had 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) in 76 regular-season games and five points (one goal, four assists) in 17 playoff games. Rutta also helped the Lightning win the Cup in 2020 and 2021.

On the yolk

Cole KoepkeF: The 24-year-old, a sixth-round pick (No. 183) in the 2018 NHL Draft, had 39 points (20 goals, 19 assists) in 69 games for Syracuse of the American Hockey League last season. … Gage GoncalvesF: Selected in the second round (No. 62) of the 2020 NHL Draft, the 21-year-old had 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) in 70 games for Syracuse. … Gabriel FortierF: The 22-year-old was a second-round pick (No. 59) in the 2018 draft. He had 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 72 games for Syracuse.

What they still need

Good health and improved scoring from the third line tops the Lightning’s wish list. Forward Brayden Point And Nikita Kucherov Each missed time last season, and Kendra Anthony Cirelli And defenseman Zach Bogosian is expected to miss the first two months of the season recovering from shoulder surgery. 20-goal scorer Nirvana Brandon Hagel And Ross Colton In the third line there should be increased production.

Video: TBL@NYR, Gm5: Hagel scores in 3rd period

They said it

“I don’t think we’re in the Stanley Cup chase here. We’re set up to be a really competitive team for the foreseeable future, and hopefully the stars align for us again and we can bring the Stanley Cup back to Tampa Bay.” — General Manager Julien Brisbois

Fantasy focus

defenseman Mikhail Sergachev He hasn’t reached 40 points since his rookie season in 2017-18 but could return to that range in a bigger role after the McDonagh trade. Sargachev signed an eight-year deal with Tampa Bay on July 13 after averaging his NHL playoff career-best points-per-game (0.43; 10 in 23 games) and was sixth on the Lightning in power-play per 60 minutes (3.54) last season. point. He should be considered a top-30 fantasy defenseman and full-blown breakout candidate this season. — Anna Dua

Projected lineup

Nicholas Paul –Brayden Point– Nikita Kucherov

Alex KillornSteven Stamkos — Alex Barre-Bullet

Brandon Hagel — Ross Colton — Vladislav Namastnikov

Pat MaroonPierre-Edouard BellemaireCorey Perry

Victor HedmanEric Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev — Cal ft

Ian Cole — Philip Myers

Andrei Vasilevsky

Brian Elliott

Injured: Anthony Cirelli, Zach Bogosian

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