Mari Faiello, Times Staff Writer

Mari Faiello

Times Staff Writer

Mari Faiello is a 2019 Tampa Bay Times intern.

Lightning’s Adam Erne earns a role with physicality

Lightning left wing Adam Erne (73) checks Los Angeles Kings defenseman Paul LaDue (2) into the glass during a February match at Amalie Arena. Erne added physicality to a team desperately seeking it. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Tampa Bay wanted a big body to bang on opponents. Erne capably met the need.

Is Lightning’s Braydon Coburn distinct enough to hold a roster spot?

Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn (55) celebrates his second goal in an October game against New Jersey. The 34-year-old's skating abilities and health may prove to be assets in helping him keep a roster spot. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
At 34, the defenseman still possesses a competitive skill set, but the Tampa Bay front office still must rate Coburn’s value?

Lightning forward J.T. Miller has proven to be an added treat

Tampa Bay Lightning center J.T. Miller proved to be valuable asset for the Lightning this season. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
A bonus in the trade for Ryan McDonagh, the physical forward made significant contributions in 2018-19

Spring football: Kick lifts Newsome; Bloomingdale notches shutout

Newsome and Durant meeting on the field  following the Wolves’ 7-6 win over the Cougars.(MARI FAIELLO | Times)
The Wolves convert the PAT to beat Durant, while the Bulls’ victory over Brandon is marred by a late fight.

Ondrej Palat fuels Lightning’s success — when he’s healthy

Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat stands as one of the Lightning's best players, when he's healthy. An injury-marred 2018-19 season may impact his future with Tampa Bay. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Injuries have hampered the forward the past two seasons.