Lighting Need Backup Goalie: 3 Free Agent Options Remain

The Tampa Bay Lightning have gone this long without addressing their backup goalie situation. It has been clear that Andrei Vasilevskiy has been overworked and worn down from all the games over the past few years and the team just keeps bringing in veterans at the end of their careers on very cheap contracts to back him up. This offseason appears to be no different as there is only enough cap space to do that again and options have run dry.

It isn't very likely that the Lightning bring Brian Elliott back for a third consecutive season after his save percentage dropped from .912 to .891 over the first two seasons, so who's left? Martin Jones has been linked to the Lightning for a little bit now, and he seems like the best and youngest option available to them after a pretty good season in Seattle.

The other options, two veterans nearing the end of their careers again, 37-year-old Thomas Greiss and 38-year-old Jaroslav Halak. While the New York Rangers opted to bring in another veteran in Jonathan Quick, the St. Louis Blues went much younger, leaving both veterans to find a new team in free agency. Halak had the best save percentage of these three options, but is also the oldest and was on the best team. Jones is my bet since he can start more games and let Vasilevskiy rest more throughout the season, but I wouldn't be shocked if Tampa Bay continues their trend.

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