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Lightning re-sign Sustr, have a really deep defense

Jul 4, 2014, 11:12 AM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year, one-way contract.

Sustr had one goal and seven assists in 43 games last season for Tampa Bay. With the 23-year-old under contract, the Lightning now have eight active blue-liners (plus inactive Mattias Ohlund) on one-way deals.

As it stands, Sustr and 24-year-old Mark Barberio are at the bottom of a deep defensive depth chart that already featured Victor Hedman, Matt Carle, Radko Gudas, and Eric Brewer before the acquisitions of Jason Garrison in a trade with Vancouver and Anton Stralman in free agency.

Sami Salo will not be back with the Lightning. The 39-year-old is an unrestricted free agent.

  1. georgejarkko - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Salo played well when he was healthy. Thing was, dude got injured if someone gave him a dirty look.

  2. jb8588 - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Time to ship out Brewer! Though I felt he played better last season he leaves A LOT to be desired. Initially was a great pickup back when he arrived and had just in decline ever since. Barberio & Sustr deserve the playing time over Brewer.

    • lightning79 - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      Not sure why you have thumb downs, you said “time to ship out Brewer“ Which is what I’m preaching. If Jon Cooper wants to go 14 Fwd 7Dmen, I’d rather keep Brewer and every 2-3 game you swap Brewer and Barberio.

      Realistically, we (some on twitter and I) have debated a Matt Carle trade, his puck possesion numbers are horrible, even if you pair him with Stralman he’d probably still look bad, he makes about what UFA sign for lately (5.5M). With him traded, we could then slot Garrison as LH D for pair #2, and still have a decent top 4 of Hedman/Stralman, and Garrison/Sustr.

      Islanders are rumored to be looking for D help, maybe SY could figure out a deal…

  3. soro17 - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    A deep defence suggests there is some quality. I just see lots of defencemen with very little quality.

    • lightning79 - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      Might want to start studying hockey analytics, If Hedman keeps it up like last year, he’ll get his Norris nomination one day, Stralman is probably one of the best defensive defenseman in the league (when you look at puck possesion stats, except maybe Muzzin) Garrisonn has had some great years even in Florida

      Obviously you don’t know much about hockey, Tampa might not have flashy names like Duncan Keith or Shea Weber, but Hedman-Stralman pairing might be one of the best pairings this year.

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