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Bolts' possible free agent wish list

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2013 at 06:27 PM

The Lightning don't expect to make much of a splash on the free agent market this year, but it doesn't mean there are not a few players the Lightning wouldn't mind adding:

Goaltending

Name 2009-10 team 2009-10 salaryChris Mason St. Louis $3 millionCOMMENT: Addition of Jaroslav Halak allowed Blues to let Mason go, he could be perfect fit with Tampa Bay after 30 wins, 2.53 GAA and .913 save percentage for non-playoff team.Evgeni Nabokov San Jose $6 millionCOMMENT: Might prove to be too expensive, but a flooded market for goaltenders could bring his salary demands down to affordable levels.Jose Theodore Washington $4.5 millionCOMMENT: Is good friends with Vinny Lecavalier and he might be willing to join him.Dan Ellis Nashville $2 millionCOMMENT: Could be a good fit, provided he doesn't sign a last-minute deal with Montreal, which traded for his rights Tuesday.

Name 2009-10 team 2009-10 salaryPaul Martin New Jersey $4.5 millionCOMMENT: Might prove to be too expensive as he'll be in demand, but his puck-moving skills seem to be a perfect fit for Guy Boucher's system.Zbynek Michalek Phoenix $1.5 millionCOMMENT: At 27 he's young enough to fit into long-term plans, but might be seeking large pay raise that could shift team's focus elsewhere.Carlo Colaiacovo St. Louis $1.4 millionCOMMENT: Former first-rounder is still just 27, and while he's fought injuries, his puck-moving ability and offensive upside could be a good fit under Guy Boucher's system.

Forward

Name 2009-10 team 2009-10 salaryColby Armstrong Atlanta $2.4 millionCOMMENT: Gritty two-way guy had down year offensively with 29 points, but he's a battler and skilled enough to play top-six minutes.Ray Whitney Carolina $3.55 millionCOMMENT: At 38, not a long-term solution, but veteran can still play top-six minutes and would add solid veteran to the room.

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