Will the Tampa Bay Lightning Make the Playoffs in 2010-11?

July 30th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »

Since the moment the Tampa Bay Lightning signed legendary NHL player Steve Yzerman to be their general manager, the team has undergone an incredible re-tooling process.

Highlighted by free agent signings Teddy Purcell (F), Chris Durno (F), Marc Pouliot (F), Brett Clark (D), Pavol Kubina (D) and Dan Ellis (G), Yzerman has slowly put together the makings of a playoff contender in Tampa.

Other notable moves include trading for veteran forward Simon Gagne and assembling a much improved coaching staff that now includes Guy Boucher (head coach), Rick Wilson (associate coach), Martin Raymond (assistant coach), and Dan Lacroix (assistant coach).

While there is no marquee name among Tampa’s coaching staff, Yzerman believes his coaching staff will bring a new direction to the hockey club and supply the team with plenty of innovative coaching, something Boucher is known for.

The guidance of Yzerman, a new coaching staff, the addition of several key players, and a roster that already includes the likes of Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Steve Downie, reigning goal-scoring champion Steven Stamkos, Mattias Ohlund, and Vict ...

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