“History has proven that you will need depth on defense if you are going to have an extended playoff run,” Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois said in a statement.
Tampa Bay finds ways to maneuver through cap issues to add pieces for another potential playoff run.
The NHL says the hit in the last minute of the Lightning’s 3-0 win Saturday was avoidable.
The veteran adds physicality, big body Tampa Bay’s blue line will need down the stretch.
The goaltender faces an onslaught early and records his fourth shutout of the season.


  1. “History has proven that you will need depth on defense if you are going to have an extended playoff run,” Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois said in a statement.
  2. Yanni Gourde scores an empty-net goal against the Predators with 46 seconds left in the Lightning's 3-0 win Saturday night in Nashville. Twenty seconds later, he got an illegal  hit in the head from the Predators' Michael McCarron.
  3. David Savard (58) is one of the league’s best when it comes to being a big body down low and blocking shots.
  4. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy blocks a shot against the Predators in the second period of Saturday's game in Nashville.
  5. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos likely will be out the rest of the Lightning's road trip in Nashville.
  6. The TV rightsholder for local Lightning and Rays broadcasts has been rebranded to Bally Sports Sun from Fox Sports Sun.
  7. Bucs safety Antoine Winfield Jr. shows off the WWE championship belt the Bucs received after winning the Super Bowl during the boat parade celebration in February in Tampa.
  8. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos appears unlikely to play in the Lightning’s next game Saturday in Nashville.
  9. Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard, left, reaches for the puck in front of goalie Joonas Korpisalo during an April 6 game against the Lightning. Now Savard will join Tampa Bay's team after a trade.
  10. Lightning forward Steven Stamkos controls the puck next to Blue Jackets forward Alexandre Texier during the first period Thursday.
  11. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh shoots and scores against Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins during the first period Thursday.
  12. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak, who has been sidelined since March 23, returned to the lineup Thursday night in Columbus.
  13. Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo (70) stops a shot in front of Lightning forward Tyler Johnson, and Blue Jackets forward Jack Roslovic (96) and defenseman David Savard (58) during the third period Tuesday in Columbus.
  14. Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jack Roslovic, left, scores past Lightning forward Tyler Johnson, center, and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy during the second period Tuesday in Columbus.
  15. WWE global ambassador Titus O'Neil thanks executives from the Tampa Bay area's four professional sports teams during a community event on Tuesday.
  16. The Lightning lost four of its next six games after Erik Cernak went down with a lower body injury in late March. As long as the defenseman is healthy come playoff time, the Lightning should be fine.
  17. Lightning center Steven Stamkos collides with Red Wings goaltender Thomas Greiss during the third period of Tampa Bay's 5-1 loss Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  18. From left, Detroit's Anthony Mantha, Michael Rasmussen and Givani Smith celebrate after Rasmussen scores Sunday against the Lightning in the second period.
  19. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) defends the goal against the Detroit Red Wings during the second period at Amalie Arena Tampa on Saturday, April 3, 2021.
  20. Lightning center Brayden Point celebrates his first-period goal against Columbus in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets. The goal snapped Point's four-game scoreless streak in which he saw few scoring opportunities.
  21. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) makes a save on a shot by Columbus Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner (38) with Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) out of the play during the second period Thursday in Tampa.
  22. Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21), left, skates to congratulate Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ross Colton (79) on his goal, with Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph (7) and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14), during the third period of the game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday April 1, 2021, at Amalie Arena in Tampa.