The Tampa Bay Lightning enjoyed a record-breaking regular season last year, tying the all-time NHL mark for wins while putting up offensive numbers the league had not seen in more than two decades.
But the only part of the season that will be remembered is the end, after Tampa Bay became the first Presidents’ Trophy-winning team to be swept in the first round, falling quickly to Columbus. The Lightning will need to push past the disappointment and use last year’s failure as motivation for a roster that, on paper is the clear favorite once again to win the Stanley Cup.
To do so, the Lightning are going to have to dig from within, as Tampa Bay brings back most of its core pieces but no key external additions. Noteworthy departures include J.T Miller, Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Dan G...
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