Bruins Rumors: Fellow Atlantic Division Team Linked To Linus Ullmark

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recently emerged in discussions surrounding the potential acquisition of Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark, according to Stan Fischler and Lyle Richardson.

This speculation arises as the Lightning grapple with the absence of their star netminder, Andrei Vasilevskiy, sidelined due to back surgery, with his return anticipated around early December.

The idea of Ullmark donning the Lightning jersey has intrigued some hockey analysts, considering his impressive track record, including winning the Vezina Trophy the previous season.

Despite the tantalizing prospect of adding a netminder of Ullmark's caliber, sources suggest that Tampa Bay's General Manager, Julien BriseBois, currently has no immediate plans to pursue a trade for a goaltender.

Instead, the Lightning appear poised to place their trust in their existing goaltending options, which include Jonas Johansson and Matt Tomkins, to navigate through this challenging period.

Ullmark had the best season of his nine-year career last season, posting a league-best .938 SV%, 1.89 GAA, two shutouts, and a fantastic 40-6-1 record. He won the Vezina Trophy as well as the William Jennings Trophy.

Ullmark's availability, given his $5 million cap hit and 16-team no-trade clause, may present complex hurdles for any potential trade discussions.

Moreover, Tampa Bay's limited salary cap space and trade assets further complicate the likelihood of such a move.

As the season unfolds, hockey enthusiasts and analysts will keep a close eye on the Lightning's goaltending situation, eager to see how it evolves in the absence of Vasilevskiy. Photo Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports