Lightning Round: Anthony Cirelli is about to return

The Tampa Bay Lightning is almost ready to field a fully-fledged lineup. With the return of Zack Pogosian last week, that left Anthony Cirelli on injured reserve, and it looks like he could be back fairly soon. According to Eddy Encina with Tampa Bay TimesCirelli is getting more and more involved in practices and we could see him back in the action game in just over a week.

Of course, they’re still dealing with some nagging injuries that knocked players like Cole Koepke and Ross Colton out of the squad for a few games, but Cirelli’s return would fill a huge gap in the roster (particularly in penalty). killing). Chances are he’s approaching the list position for the third line, pushing Vlad Namestnikov into the wing position. Depending on who’s healthy when he returns, it could cost Koepke some playing time or Coach Cooper might choose to start resting some players on the school bus line, a line that wasn’t quite as efficient as we’d all hoped. .

General Manager Julien Brisbois will also have to make some decisions regarding the salary cap he was able to hold off for the first two months of the season. It will be interesting to see how he handles the problem. There may be a transaction involved or a suspicious 24-hour wait for some players to clear waivers. There will likely be a few guys on the go to make it all work, so look forward to watching the waiver wire.

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