Lightning roster taking shape
The Ligtning is finalizing its roster, sending several players down to AHL Syracuse to get down to 23 players.
Forwards Mike Angelidis and Jonathan Marchessault, who both cleared waivers, were reassigned to the Crunch, as was goalie Kristers Gudlevskis and defenseman Luke Witkowski.
As of now, it appears that Kevin Poulin will be the temporary backup goalie to Ben Bishop, and that Slater Koekkoek and Nikita Nesterov are on the team. Things could change before tonight's 5 p.m. deadline, but that's where Tampa Bay is at now.
Coach Jon Cooper said they were leaning towards carrying seven defensemen, and currently they have eight. The fact goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (vascular surgery) is on injured reserve gets Tampa Bay down to 23.
Koekkoek had an impressive camp, the former first round pick showing he belonged in a three-game NHL stint last season. A left-shot, Koekkoek is a strong puck mover, as is Nesterov, who served as seventh defenseman in the lineup during the playoffs, getting ice time on the power play.