Tampa Bay Lightning: 3 Reasons to Believe They Will Be Better in 2013

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Tampa Bay Lightning: 3 Reasons to Believe They Will Be Better in 2013
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Tampa's Steve Yzerman has put together an improved team for 2013.

The Tampa Bay Lightning addressed their biggest weaknesses from last season and look ready to return to the postseason. The Lightning have a few reasons to believe they will be better in 2012-13. 

Tampa had high hopes heading into last season. After coming one game short of the Stanley Cup finals in 2011, the Lightning underachieved and missed the playoffs by eight points. 

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman knows the playoffs well. He won three Stanley Cups as a players and another in the front office. 

Missing the playoffs doesn’t sit well with the GM, forcing him to make some big moves this offseason. 

Tampa’s acquisitions of defensemen Matt Carle and Sami Salo and goaltender Anders Lindback were well documented this offseason. 

But Tampa has a lot more invested in the upcoming season than many realize. Outside of the Bolts’ superstars, here is why they will be better in 2012-13.

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