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Key Additions: Matt Carle, Sami Salo, Anders Lindback, Benoit Pouliot
Departures: Brett Clark, Mike Commodore, Dwayne Roloson, Ryan Shannon
One season after making it to the Eastern Conference Finals and taking the Boston Bruins to Game Seven, the Tampa Bay Lightning failed to make the playoffs. The two biggest reasons for that failure were their defense and goaltending.
Steve Yzerman made it a mission during the offseason to improve at those positions and he did just that. Matt Carle and Sami Salo will definitely improve on what was one of the worst defenses in the league.
Carle will help with shot-blocking and if Salo can stay healthy—which is doubtful—he will be able to help them on the offensive and defensive sides of the game.
Anders Lindback isn't a proven goalie but he should do much better than Dwayne Roloson did last season.