>Just one short year ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning players were on the outside looking in. Despite a Herculean season ending effort, they fell short (by one point) of the 2017 NHL playoffs.
Many fans in town chalked up the playoff miss to injuries. Surely, they thought, if only Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan hadn’t missed 65, and 64 games respectively last year a playoff spot was all but assured.
Accepting this also meant that the team wouldn’t need a major overhaul in the off season. Coming into this season, Lightning GM, Steve Yzerman began tweaking his team.
Last June, Yzerman traded me...
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