The Tampa Bay Lightning seems to have made their choice for their goaltending situation and it isn't a positive for Marc Denis (Box 24).
The future seems to be now for the Southeast Division club and Karri Ramo (non-pool) has now taken a spot away from the 30 year-old keeper. Denis was waived on Friday, with some intention to send him down to the minors. I'm sure the organization would be happy to part with the keeper and get him off the books.
Denis is scheduled to make $2.8 million this season and $3 million next season. Obviously, he was looked upon to take the starters job, but he either couldn't be counted on for some quality minutes or Johan Holmqvist (Clayton) had played himself into the spot. This season, it was the former reason, as Holmqvist hasn't been the cure for what ails the team either.
If there was going to be any sort of opinion thrown at the Lightning, it would be that there might have to be some better communication between GM Jay Feaster and Head Coach John Tortorella. Even though the Lightning are not considered deep in their roster, the quality of grinding players is seemingly poor. Tortorella has complained about some of the players that have been brought in, but doesn't seem to offer any sort of idea on how to correct their plumbing issue. Of course, the trade market is pretty tough to crack at the moment, so Feaster has very little to work with, but it may be a fact that they will have to mortgage some of their picks in upcoming drafts to win now. I have little trust that they'll resign to losing this season, so watch the trade market in the upcoming weeks.
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