Tampa Bay Lightning: Did They Do Enough This Offseason to Become Contenders?

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Tampa Bay Lightning: Did They Do Enough This Offseason to Become Contenders?
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The Bolts picked up Sami Salo from the Vancouver Canucks to help on the blue-line.

Tampa Bay had a lot of questions coming into the 2012 offseason. After finishing 21st in the league—third in the Southeast division with 84 points, many were left scratching their heads.  

Who is going to be the top goaltender? What can we do about the league's worst defense? How do we get younger?

Tampa Bay was decimated by injury last season. The Bolts had just three players play in all 82 games last season, and they had nine starters out of the line up at one point.

Mathieu Garon, Tampa's top goaltender, tore his groin in early March and missed 16 games.

The faces of the Tampa franchise, with the exception of Steven Stamkos, are getting old. Vincent Lecavalier is 32. Martin St. Louis is 37. Ryan Malone is 32.

Defensively, the Bolts were the worst in the league, giving up 281 goals last season. That was 17 goals more than Toronto who were 29th.

A dismantled defense didn't help the Tampa penalty kill which finished 26th in the league and gave up 12 shorthanded goals.

But the offseason allows teams, like the Lightning, to recharge, and in some cases, to reload.

Here is what the Bolts have done this offseason.  

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