Tampa Bay Lightning head west in the hopes of mining wins

Vasilevskiy assuming role he was always meant to play

TAMPA, Fla. – Since Andrei Vasilevkiy heard his name called at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, made his way to the draft stage and put his arms around Lightning personnel, he seemed destined for the job he now holds.
When Tampa Bay’s season turned south at the end of the 2011-12 season and general manager Steve Yzerman started turning veteran players in to future assets, he had one specific goal in mind – land an additional first-round draft pick with the idea of finding a goaltender.
That was accomplished when Yzerman shipped Steve Downie to the Colorado Avalanche in return for defenseman Kyle Qui...


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