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One of the biggest reasons for Tampa's unceremonious free fall last season was the play of Dwayne Roloson.
As good as Roloson was for the Lightning during their run to the Eastern Conference Finals the previous season, in 2011-2012 Roloson was equally bad.
So, early in the offseason, Tampa Bay acquired former Nashville Predators backup goalie, Anders Lindback.
Lindback is essentially a carbon copy, from a style perspective, of current Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.
Lindback is also a great deal younger than Roloson and should have several bright years in front of him.
Not to mention, he's a giant. Lindback is 6'6" and 203 pounds. That is enormous for a goaltender. His size alone should help minimize many of the types of goals that Roloson gave up.
Whereas Roloson lost several games for the Lightning last season, with the improvement in goal it is likely the goaltending will be more responsible for stealing some wins.