Anders Lindback should benefit from getting playing time overseas when the NHL season begins.
The former Nashville backup is eager to elevate his status to being a number one goaltender with Tampa Bay, so he had to play somewhere to give himself a better shot at achieving that goal. In 13 games with Ilves Tampere in Finland's top league, he posted a 3-6-4 record with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. "He turned out pretty solid numbers with a last-place team, so that's interesting," Lightning goaltenders coach Frantz Jean said. "It's the next step for him. He needs the opportunity to be a No. 1. He has the tools to be one." Lindback is excited to get that chance and there is optimism now that a new CBA will be put into place to allow that to happen in a shortened season.