Two Frontrunners Emerge to Replace Andrei Vasilevskiy in Tampa Bay

Published October 2, 2023 at 10:40

Tampa Bay Lightning's Goalie Dilemma

With Andrei Vasilevskiy injured and out for the start of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning face challenges in their goaltending department. The primary reliance on Vasilevskiy puts them in a precarious position as the season looms.

As the Bolts scramble to find a solution, two goalies have been identified as potential replacements.


Chris Driedger: A Possible Solution from the Kraken?

Chris Driedger of the Seattle Kraken emerges as a top candidate. Despite facing injury setbacks last season, which saw him largely sidelined, his stats remain promising. Boasting a .917% save percentage and a 2.45 GAA pre-injury, he presents a solid short-term substitute for the Lightning.

However, to secure Driedger, the Bolts might have to engage in trade negotiations, given he's the third choice for the Kraken, pushing them to consider a deal.


Antti Raanta: Experienced Goalie from Carolina

Another potential candidate is Antti Raanta from Carolina. With young talent Pyotr Kochetkov rising in the ranks, Raanta might soon find his position in jeopardy. At 34, Raanta brings a wealth of experience and has showcased commendable skills throughout his 253 career games, with a .918% save percentage and a 2.43 GAA.


Yet, with numerous players on waivers, the Lightning might opt for patience, holding out for a goalie available without a trade cost.

What's your take? Will the Bolts sign a new goalie?

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Two Frontrunners Emerge to Replace Andrei Vasilevskiy in Tampa Bay

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