How Offseason Additions and Departures Will Affect Tampa Bay Lightning

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How Offseason Additions and Departures Will Affect Tampa Bay Lightning
Matt Slocum/Associated Press
Anton Stralman was a featured piece in the Lightning's offseason puzzle.

The Tampa Bay Lightning put together a strong showing this offseason as general manager Steve Yzerman looks to build a perennial playoff contender. The Bolts improved their all-around game through a handful of trades and free-agent signings.

Most notably, the additions of defensemen Jason Garrison (from Vancouver, trade) and Anton Stralman (free agent) aimed to improve the team's most glaring weakness. These two veteran defensemen could see top-four minutes and will definitely make the training camp competitions more interesting.

The Lightning improved from top to bottom this offseason, but not without the departure of some notable names. Players like Pierre-Cedric Labrie (Chicago), Keith Aulie (Edmonton), Nate Thompson (Anaheim) and Teddy Purcell (Edmonton) will all be playing in new uniforms next year.

Despite those losses, Tampa Bay fans should be excited about the offseason put together by the front office. Let's take a look at how these offseason moves will affect the Bolts.

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