Posts Tagged ‘Anders Lindback’

Ben Bishop contract just the first step for Lightning GM Steve Yzerman

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New Lightning goalie Ben Bishop has sometimes been hung out to dry by Tampa Bay’s lackluster defending. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

It was a nice bit of work by Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman to outbid the competition and add Ben Bishop from Ottawa at the trade deadline. And it was an even neater trick to extend the netminder yesterday with a two-year, $4.6 million deal. That’s a reasonable cap hit for an emerging No. 1 (right around what Corey Crawford and Jimmy Howard currently make), and the short term gives Bishop time to prove himself in the role while allowing Yzerman to beat a fairly hasty retreat if he doesn’t.

Now that he’s committed to two promising but inexperienced goaltenders in Bishop and last summer’s prize acquisition, Anders Lindback, it’s time to get serious about the real problem in Tampa.

Remember Bishop’s flashy debut for the Lightning? The key takeaway from that scintillating performance wasn’t that he recorded a shutout in a 5-0 thrashing of the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s that he faced down a career-high 45 shots in the process.

And that tells you exactly where Yzerman’s full attention should be focused this summer.

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  • Published On Apr 16, 2013
  • Steve Yzerman, not Guy Boucher, at fault in Tampa

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    Guy Boucher couldn't survive the lockout-shortened season as Tampa Bay's head coach. [Chris O'Meara/AP]

    Guy Boucher couldn’t survive the lockout-shortened season as Tampa Bay’s head coach. [Chris O'Meara/AP]

    By Allan Muir

    With 17 games to go and his team five points out of an Eastern Conference playoff berth, Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman had seen enough. He made the decision early this morning to fire coach Guy Boucher, hoping that a different voice would somehow motivate his Lightning into a miraculous stretch run.

    You can’t blame him. Something had to be done, especially after dispiriting losses to Toronto and Ottawa this week, and cashiering the coach is the easiest option.

    But here’s hoping he took a good long look in the mirror before he pushed him overboard, because it was Yzerman’s own failings that led Boucher out onto the plank.

    Remember when Boucher was regarded as a genius after guiding the Lightning to a 23-point improvement back in 2010-11? He had Dwayne Roloson, doing his best Johnny Bower impression, between the pipes.

    But there isn’t a coach in the world who looks good when his goaltending stinks. Considering the pair of Johnny Rottens he was dealt this season by Yzerman, it’s amazing Boucher was able to stay in the mix as long as he did.

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  • Published On Mar 24, 2013