More cuts or are they done?
The Lightning put forwards Mathieu Darche and Kyle Wanvig and defenseman Bryce Lampman on waivers for the purpose of re-assigning them to AHL Norfolk. We will know if they clear at noon Monday. That leaves 23 in camp, 21 active players and injured Dan Boyle and Ryan Craig. So is the Lightning done cutting or do they go with 21?
Coach John Tortorella would rather keep 20, but GM Jay Feaster indicated today the final count may be 21. That is partly because of the injury to Chris Gratton's right eye that still has left him with blurry vision.
It is an interesting question. If Tampa Bay goes with 21, that means TWO rookie defensemen will make the team: Mike Lundin and Matt Smaby. If they decide to go with 20, it is likely Lundin will be the survivor, though Tortorella said Saturday, even Doug Janik's status is not yet entirely secure. That, frankly, is a bit surprising to me since I didn't think Janik was playing that badly, and even Tortorella has said Smaby is still struggling with the speed of the NHL game. So it would be quite surprising if Janik, with a year's experience, did not make the opening-day roster in favor of two rookies, one who is struggling with game speed.
Tortorella said the final team would not be announced until Sunday, but, of course, that could change.