Lindback Now in Tampa Bay
(6/17/12) The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired Anders Lindback from the Nashville Predators, along with Kyle Wilson, in exchange for two second round picks this June, as well as a third round pick in 2013.
This is big news for fantasy owners, as the the goaltending situation in Tampa Bay has been tenuous at best since Dwayne Roloson had his late-career push with the Lightning in the 2010-11 playoffs. 2011-12 was pretty much a write-off in goal for Tampa Bay and, with Rollie the Goalie's contract over, he's won't be resigned (and his NHL career might be over, although a back-up role might by a good fit). Acquiring Lindback is the final nail in that coffin; he's likely to take over as Tampa's number one net-minder.
Many readers may be wondering who Anders Lindback is. Well, he's a highly touted goalie drafted back in 2008 (207th overall) by the Predators. Last year he played in 16 games as the backup to Pekka Rinne, Nashville's franchise puck stopper. He's 6-6, 203 pounds, has a 16-13-2 career record in 38 games, a 2.53 GAA, and a SV% of .914.
Dynasty owners with a sore spot in net should act now and secure Lindback if he's available on the off-season waiver wire, or in the very least prepare to acquire him at this year's fantasy draft. Lindback should move straight into the number one job and has the potential to win 30 games this season if Tampa Bay can play better defense, for which having a solid net-minder is a key ingredient.
The Anders Lindback acquisition is a savvy move on the part of GM Steve Yzerman, and it shows that the Lightning are committed to winning now.