Lightning Sign Two

According to the CTV Sportsnet Free Agent Tracker, the Lightning have signed Swedish center Andreas Karlsson and former Columbus Blue Jacket defenseman Andy Delmore. A Lightning press release stated both are expected to compete for spots on the NHL club. Karlsson, a 6-4 two-way forward, played last season with HV 71 in Sweden. The 30 year-old former Thrasher scored 26-29-55 and was a +18 in 50 games with the club. Delmore, a 29 year-old backliner, had 72 points in 66 games for Syracuse of the AHL last season. He played in seven games with the Blue Jackets, going scoreless. Delmore began last season as a Detroit Red Wing after signing a free agent contract, but was waived before the season started. Delmore actually signed with EHC Basel of the Swiss National League in May before agreeing to terms with the Lightning.

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Ugh

Karlsson looks like he could be either a pleasent surprise or one of Feaster's "Bargain Basement" type of players. As for Delmore, if Tortorella can use some sort of Jedi magic to get him to play at least respectible defense, our powerplay will be much improved.

Karlsson

From what I remember of him in Atlanta, Karlsson is very Olvestad-esque. Hard worker. Honest player. Good skater. Good team guy. Hands of stone. Someone for Holmqvist to go to Ikea with when they're out on the road j/k. Delmore could be intriguing as a power play specialist if he stays in Tampa. Chances are though he's a Falcon.

Here we go again

Every year we get these "revival signings" that are expected to immediately contribute to the club. It would be great to see Karlsson, Delmore, and Alexeev playing up to Feaster's expectations, but IMO we'll prob see only one of these guys in uniform on opening night. Karlsson sounds like a solid player, but we heard the same story with Eero Somervuori. Let's not expect big things out of this guy yet. I like Delmore, and I'd like to see him on the ice so long as we unload Sydor and Pratt. But I'd like even more for one of our big "project" defensemen to finally step up and make the big club. Alexeev is still young, but size and speed can go a long way. If he throws his body around like he started doing in 02-03 then he can be a really effective 4th-liner, maybe even 3rd.

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