Thursday, August 11, 2016

Handing Out Camp Invites (Aug 11)

On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Lightning extended an invite to defenseman James Wisniewski, adding a veteran defenseman to their training camp roster and possibly giving him a shot at an NHL roster spot.

The 32-year old defenseman had a tough 2016 season, watching from the press box, as he dealt with a torn ACL after the first game of the season with the Carolina Hurricanes, an injury that led to his eventual buyout in this off-season.

The puck-moving defender was still pool worthy in the 2015 season, despite multiple injuries, and if he can find a regular job and stay healthy, he should be worthy of a selection once again.

With two pending restricted free agents to deal with and limited cap room under the ceiling, signing with the Lightning seems to be a little bit of a long shot, unless something changes in the thinking of the team.  If they were able to add a player like Wisniewski though, they would do well to improve their blueline, as it would likely come at a discounted cost.  Stay tuned through camp on this one.

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