Tampa Bay Lightning Offseason Free Agent Targets: Goalies

It is very likely that the Tampa Bay Lightning go out in free agency and get a solid backup goalies that is younger and hungrier to prove himself. They have gone from veteran to veteran and Brian Elliott, who has been the team's backup for two seasons now, really dropped off. If this first round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs has proven anything, it's that the Lightning and Andrei Vasilevskiy are exhausted and need some rest and relief.

Laurent Brossoit

Laurent Brossoit was the goalie of choice for the Vegas Golden Knights in the playoffs this season with Logan Thompson out. He has proven to be a very solid backup after making his return to the NHL. Once again, there doesn't appear to be enough room for him on the team and the Lightning could use exactly what he provides. He isn't young, but he's also not in his late 30s either. Brossoit has put up good career numbers as a backup and has proven he can take pressure off of the starter, giving Vasilevskiy more rest next season.

Anthony Stolarz

The Anaheim Ducks will be letting Anthony Stolarz walk in free agency as they have John Gibson and Lukas Dostal. This could be Tampa Bay's gain as Stolarz had an incredible season in 2021-22 for the Ducks despite a very weak team playing in front of him. The lack of support got to him this season and his numbers weren't great, but he could also be a cheap addition to the Lightning for a couple of seasons, providing great starts when he is called upon.

Alex Nedeljkovic

The Detroit Red Wings are done with Alex Nedeljkovic after two seasons as he had a horrible start to 2022-23. He came back strong later this season and played well, but it was both too late for the Red Wings to make the playoffs and for him to repair damage done in Detroit. Nedeljkovic proved he can still play in the NHL and he will likely be looking for any opportunity and NHL contract. On a one-year tryout, it's not the worst idea to give him a chance as the backup. Things can't go as bad as they did to start this season, and if they do, he will only have a cap hit of $1 million or less to deal with.

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