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Anders Lindback will try and fix Tampa’s long-running goalie problem

Jun 17, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

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When the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with Nikolai Khabibulin in net, things were looking good in goal. Following the lockout, however, things have been nothing short of ugly for Tampa Bay in goal.

When you run down the list of guys who have taken up residence in the Lightning net since then you can understand why GM Steve Yzerman ponied up big for Nashville’s Anders Lindback.

Take a look at this list of failed goalies since the Cup-winning year: , Gerald Coleman, Brian Eklund, John Grahame, Sean Burke, Marc Denis, Johan Holmqvist, Karri Ramo, Mike McKenna, Olaf Kolzig, Riku Helenius, Mike Smith, Dan Ellis, Antero Niittymaki, Dustin Tokarski, Cedrick Desjardins, Dwayne Roloson, Sebastien Caron, and Mathieu Garon.

Yikes. Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune hears from Yzerman about what he’s hoping Lindback can provide the Lightning next season.

“It’s an important position, I can’t deny that,” said Yzerman, entering his third season at the Lightning helm. “Ultimately, you want to find that starter that you can put in there for 65 games, under two goals against (average) and in the .930 (save percentage) range – and that’s a priority.

“There aren’t many of them out there and it’s a tough position. The consistently elite guys, you just don’t get those guys.”

Can Lindback be the new stud to bring Tampa Bay to glory or is he just another name to add to the list? Lindback hasn’t gotten to prove much in the NHL and his future could be great or mediocre. Who knew Yzerman was such a gambler?

  1. scionofflame - Jun 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Lindback can do it if he’s given time in the net. He’s got all the makings of a good goalie, just needs time actually -playing- in the NHL to get settled.

  2. oquintero99 - Jun 17, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    I still think this is part 1 of te goalie makeover in Tampa. They still need a veteran backup who could be a mentor to Anders.

  3. lsxphotog - Jun 17, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    As a Tampa fan, it’s been a challenge to watch the team continue to struggle with their goaltending. But, as many fans of the league already know, Tampa was left for dead after the Cup. Vinik has been nothing short of the heartbeat of the organization by bringing back hope to Tampa. The acquisition of Lindback is indeed a gamble, but unlike Cory Schneider, his services weren’t as prominently displayed. Everything that make up an elite netminder in the NHL today is there. He has the size and athleticism similar to that of his former teammate, Pekke. I’m happy to see the move, and I look forward to seeing what he can offer the club.

  4. yotesfan3 - Jun 17, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Ya, mike smith……terrible

    • scionofflame - Jun 17, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Well he sure didn’t do much when he was injured repeatedly in the past. This last year with Phoenix was his first and only real breakout. Don’t act like he’s an amazing goaltender for one good season. 😛

  5. going4iton4th - Jun 17, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Preds fan, I liked Lindback the times he played for Rinne last year. Hopefully he gets Tampa stability in net long term.

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