The Lightning knew it would be tough to replace the colorful presence of Bobby "The Chief" Taylor, who entertained and educated fans the past two decades as the team's trusted television analyst.But there was plenty of interest, and Tampa Bay landed a well-respected, national broadcaster in Brian Engblom, 60, who on Tuesday was named the new partner for play-by-play man Rick Peckham on Sun Sports telecasts.Engblom, a former NHL defenseman, had been the "Inside the Glass" analyst for NBC and NBC Sports Network after stints at ESPN and Versus.Taylor, the Lightning color analyst since 1993-94, will remain in a studio role for pregame, postgame and intermission reports."I'm thrilled, it's an awesome opportunity," Engblom said in a phone interview. "I'm still a player at heart. That's what you miss at the national level, being connected to the team. It's being around them all the time, at practice every day, traveling with them. You really feel part of it."With Taylor's expanded studio role, sharing time with former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk, Chris Dingman is not expected to return.Lightning executive vice president Bill Wickett said many candidates were considered. NHL Network's Bill Jaffe and Kevin Weekes were believed to be finalists, but Engblom rose to the top."When you get a national broadcaster to join your team locally, it's too good to pass up," Wickett said.Engblom, who won three Stanley Cups with the Canadiens, also played for the Kings, Sabres, Capitals and Flames in his 11-year NHL career. He has been in broadcasting for two decades, including color analyst roles with the Jets, pointing out the "karma" of his first game for ESPN and Versus both involving the Lightning.When Engblom heard Taylor's plans to leave the booth, he quickly consulted with Taylor and Peckham, whom he considers friends. Darren Pang, who worked with Engblom at ESPN and NBC, "highly recommended" him to the Lightning, saying it's a great fit."I just think what Tampa has done is they've solidified themselves as a top local broadcast team in the NHL," Pang said. "(Engblom) just knows the league so well. He's as honest as they get. He's a no-frills analyst. He adapts, he'll change on the fly and if Tampa Bay is not playing very well, he's the first guy I trust."Peckham, who has done a few games with Engblom for NBC, called him "one of the top analysts in the game for a long time."Engblom, who has lived in Denver the past 16 years, plans to arrive in Tampa in early September to prepare for camp, which opens Sept. 17."They have a terrific reputation over the last couple of years, ever since (owner) Jeff Vinik took it over it's just soared," Engblom said. "Everyone around the league is starting to notice them more and they've got everyone's attention. There's so much young talent that's terrific. To me, what's the downside? There is none." Joe Smith can be reached at email@example.com. Follow @TBTimes_JSmith.