New Players on the Lightning!

Kirsten Schneider, Writer, Editor

In the past few weeks, the whole NHL has been drafting and trading players. This occurs every year. Many good trades have occurred within teams, and many bad. The Lightning have made some quite good, yet controversial trades recently. With a limited cap space, we were able to manage signing some pretty key players.

Firstly, we traded one of our top-prospects, Nolan Foote, for Blake Coleman, from the New Jersey Devils. This was a huge score for the Lightning, as Nolan Foote rarely ever set ice, and Coleman was a key player for the Devils. It was a risky trade on the Lightning’s part, considering our lack of cap space, but was a steal in the end.

Blake Coleman is a 28 year old American hockey player from Texas. He’s been on the Devils since drafted in 2011, but now plays for us. He’s #20, and he plays as a Left wing. 

The next deal was a costly $1.3 million dollar, one year deal, with former Sabres player, Zach Bogosian. He’s a 29 year old, Armenian defensemen who plays as #24. He previously played for the Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets.

The final major trade was our Anthony Greco for the San Jose Sharks, Barclay Goodrow. His physicality attracted him to the Lightning, which is why they decided to sign him. He was quite successful for the Sharks, and hopefully he will be for the Lightning as well. He’s a 27 year old, Canadian centerman / right wing, who plays as #19. In his debut game, he helped set up a goal, and hopefully soon he will score his first official point on the Lightning.

Hopefully the Lightning will take advantage of these new players and use them wisely. We need all the help we can get in order to win another Stanley Cup! These players should be key to our team’s demographic 🙂