BREAKING: TB Lightning forward could miss entire first round

Published April 10, 2023 at 3:48 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning, a dominant force in the NHL, faced a disappointing end to their last season as they failed to achieve their goal of securing a historic third consecutive Stanley Cup. The team's dreams were dashed by a determined Colorado Avalanche squad that eliminated them in six games.

Despite their loss, the Lightning's star players, such as Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman, Brayden Point, Mikhail Sergachev, Alex Killorn, and Anthony Cirelli, remained intact. However, the team also had to endure some significant departures, including Ryan McDonagh and Ondrej Palat, two key contributors.

Traditionally, the Lightning are known for their impressive maneuvers at the trade deadline to bolster their roster, but this season, the team faced significant constraints due to limited cap space and a lack of draft picks. Consequently, they could only make one significant move to enhance their depth. They acquired Tanner Jeannot, who has played a vital role on their third line and is expected to be an asset in the upcoming playoffs.

Unfortunately, Jeannot's future with the team is now uncertain. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper announced that Jeannot might be out of action for some time due to a severe injury he sustained during a recent game against the Islanders.

The injury appeared to be a nasty one, and the team will undoubtedly miss Jeannot's contributions if he is unable to play.

Jon Cooper has issued the following update:

Bolts head coach Jon Cooper says Tanner Jeannot is «more than day-to-day. Hopefully he'll be back here at some point in the playoffs.»

When asked if he expects Jeannot to miss all of Round One, Cooper said, «I don't want to say that, but I don't expect him to play Game One.

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BREAKING: TB Lightning forward could miss entire first round

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