Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning head into the 2012-2013 off-season with a number of key decisions to make. With the 2012 NHL Draft on June 22-23, NHL free agency starting on July 1, and a prospect camp the first week of July, General Manager Steve Yzerman and the Lightning front office will be busy.

Leading up to these milestone offseason moments, Tampabaylightning.com will provide a primer on some of the top items to watch.

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RETURN FROM INJURIES

The 2011-2012 squad suffered it share of injuries. Marc-Andre Bergeron, Mattias Ohlund, Dana Tyrell and Mathieu Garon all finished the season on the sidelines. Their recovery will play a key factor in the Bolts off-season moves.

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LOOMING FREE AGENT DECISIONS

From the Bolts' blueline and beyond, GM Steve Yzerman faces several quickly-approaching decisions regarding the team's free agents.

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UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

Appeal of unrestricted free agents leans a lot on strategy for general manager Steve Yzerman to improve hockey club

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AHL LEADERS

Lightning prospects look to build on impressive season in AHL and make an impact in the 2012-13 NHL season.

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PRIME PICKS FOR 2012 DRAFT

Bolts’ draft picks still in good shape even after the Lightning's recent trade to solidy goaltending with Ander Lindback.

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GOALTENDING SITUATION

Once considered a team to be deficient in net, the Tampa Bay Lightning all of a sudden appear as if they are dealing from strength at the goaltender position.

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BALANCED SCHEDULE

Bolts’ 2012-13 balanced regular season schedule should prove advantageous for both players and fans

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BOLSTERING THE BLUE LINE

Defensive demands looming as the Lightning look to address vital offseason priority at the blue line.

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ASSISTANT COACHING

Questions abound this offseason for the Tampa Bay Lightning regarding future of assistant coaching job.

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