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Anders Lindback hopes to be Tampa Bay’s savior in goal

Aug 4, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

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When you look back on Tampa Bay’s history of goaltenders, it’s a rather suspect list of guys who have come, gone, and not lived up to expectations.

After seeing Dwayne Roloson look every bit of 42 years-old last season, the time was now for GM Steve Yzerman to make a move for the future. There, he found Anders Lindback via trade with Nashville and for Yzerman, he has high hopes that he’ll be the man to lead them back to the postseason.

The issue with Lindback, however, is we’re not all that sure what we’ll see out of him. He’s spent two seasons in the NHL backing up Pekka Rinne and in that time he’s played just 38 games. His career numbers are average with a .914 save percentage and a 2.53 goals against average. Stats like that would’ve put him outside the top 20 in the NHL.

Cause for concern? Not necessarily.

He’s just 24 years-old and he’ll have a Lightning team coached by Guy Boucher in front of him that has a stronger defense than what they had last season. Perhaps Lindback will see stronger numbers with the infamous 1-3-1 defense in front of him. Then again, maybe he’ll turn out as well as other goaltending experiments have in the past.

  1. tbbolts91 - Aug 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    he just needs to get into the guy boucher mindset and then his GAA will drop. or at least i hope…

  2. aphoticapex - Aug 4, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    I think he’ll do great. Yes he is young and may have a rough season or two, but give him time to grow. I loved having him back up Peks in Nashville. He was a solid, young netminder to spell Rinne throughout the season. He’ll help make Tampa into a contender in the not so near but not far off future.

    • tbbolts91 - Aug 4, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      i always thought of him as a solid backup but we’ll see how he does as starter. he could either be fantastic or terrible along with anything in between. we’ll see. i think he’s numbers will be similar to carey price’s

  3. lsxphotog - Aug 5, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    It’s funny that Nashville had such similar goaltenders. Not only in build, but athleticism, style, and skills. I know what Yzerman was thinking here. He sees a potential number 1 out of a goalie trending to the future style of size + athleticism = hard to score on. There’s a good chance that he’ll get in net and own it but, at least he won’t be worse than what Tampa had last year…that’s for sure. So an improved defense and a (worst case scenario) slightly improved goaltending means Tampa should have less trouble on the bubble for the playoffs. Should Lindback post a .920 or better…Tampa should have everything needed to move deep into the playoffs.

    And we joke around about Roloson but forget how incredible he was for the Lightning last year, and how great his entire career was. It was a shame to see it end with such poor numbers and play, but he helped bring hope back to Tampa and show them their weaknesses to build a stronger team.

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