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2013-14 Tampa Bay Lightning bios

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Published:   |   Updated: October 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Meet this year's Tampa Bay Lightning, who open the season Thursday at Boston.

 

FORWARDS

 

B.J. Crombeen

No. 19

Position: Right wing

Vitals: 6-foot-2, 211 pounds

Comment: Provides physicality and energy, kills penalties

 

Valtteri Filppula

No. 51

Position: Center

Vitals: 6-foot-1, 193 pounds

Comment: Versatile two-way forward will be counted on as second-line center

 

Tyler Johnson

No. 9

Position: Center

Vitals: 5-foot-9, 181 pounds

Comment: Reigning AHL MVP has a savvy two-way style

 

Alex Killorn

No. 17

Position: Left wing

Vitals: 6-foot-2, 200 pounds

Comment: An immediate fit when called up last season, now gets chance in top six

 

Pierre-Cedric Labrie

No. 76

Position: Left wing

Vitals: 6-foot-3, 236 pounds

Comment: Physical presence on the ice keeps it loose in the locker room

Ryan Malone

No. 12

Position: Left wing

Vitals: 6-foot-4, 220 pounds

Comment: When healthy, provides power forward presence on top line

 

Ondrej Palat

No. 18

Position: Left wing

Vitals: 6-foot, 190 pounds

Comment: Smart, speedy and versatile winger does the little things

 

Richard Panik

No. 71

Position: Right wing

Vitals: 6-foot-1, 203 pounds

Comment: Size and skill combination offers high-ceiling potential

 

Teddy Purcell

No. 16

Position: Right wing

Vitals: 6-foot-3, 206 pounds

Comment: Still searching for consistency to maximize his high-end talent

 

Tom Pyatt

No. 11

Position: Center

Vitals: 5-foot-11, 190 pounds

Comment: Versatile bottom-six forward kills penalties and can chip in offensively

 

Marty St. Louis

No. 26

Position: Right wing

Vitals: 5-foot-8, 183 pounds

Comment: Newly named captain is coming off second career scoring title

 

Steven Stamkos

No. 91

Position: Center

Vitals: 6-foot-1, 194 pounds

Comment: Perhaps the best pure goal scorer in the game right now

 

Nate Thompson

No. 44

Position: Center

Vitals: 6-foot, 210 pounds

Comment: Strong penalty killer, energy forward who can fill in on top lines

 

*****

 

DEFENSEMEN

 

Keith Aulie

No. 3

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 227 pounds

Comment: Big defenseman still learning to use his size to his advantage

 

Mark Barberio

No. 8

Vitals: 6-foot-1, 201 pounds

Comment: Proven puck mover in minors looking to show he’s ready for NHL

 

Eric Brewer

No. 2

Vitals: 6-foot-4, 216 pounds

Comment: Veteran looking to bounce back from disappointing season

 

Matt Carle

No. 25

Vitals: 6-foot, 199 pounds

Comment: Figures to improve on slow start after signing big free-agent deal

 

Radko Gudas

No. 7

Vitals: 6-foot, 206 pounds

Comment: Made his mark in call-up last year; likes to deliver big hits

Victor Hedman

No. 77

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 232 pounds

Comment: Former No. 2 pick seems ready to be top-two defenseman

 

Sami Salo

No. 6

Vitals: 6-foot-3, 202 pounds

Comment: Veteran is a calming influence; has booming shot on power play

 

Andrej Sustr

No. 62

Vitals: 6-foot-8, 216 pounds

Comment: Brings more than size with good mobility and instincts

 

*****

 

GOALTENDERS

 

Ben Bishop

No. 30

Vitals: 6-foot-7, 209 pounds

Comment: Ready to prove he’s capable of being a consistent No. 1 netminder

 

Anders Lindback

No. 39

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 206 pounds

Comment: Ankle injury last season set him back, hopes to regain form

 

*****

 

FRONT OFFICE

Vice president and general manager: Steve Yzerman

Assistant general managers: Julien Brisebois, Pat Verbeek

Head coach: Jon Cooper

Assistant coaches: Rick Bowness, George Gwozdecky

Goaltending coach: Frantz Jean

Video coach: Nigel Kirwan

Strength and conditioning coach: Mark Lambert

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