In what seems like a blink of an eye, the Tampa Bay Lightning have gone from hockey curiosity to mover and shaker with their acquisition of Ryan Malone.
Whether or not they actually reach deals with Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts, the Lightning sent a message to the rest of the league that they are ready to rebuild their lineup as quickly as possible.
On a team full of high-profile, media-savvy players starting with Sidney Crosby and including Gary Roberts, Marian Hossa, Sergei Gonchar, Ryan Whitney, Ryan Malone and Petr Sykora, Evgeni Malkin is an anachronism.
There are fine lines between winning and losing in the NHL playoffs. In Game 2, veteran Gary Roberts was that line for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Lifelong friends Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts are happy to have one last chance at shared glory in Toronto.