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Lightning Free Agency 2012: Tampa Bay Quiet In August

It's been a quiet month of August for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who made the bulk of their big-ticket free agency moves before the Fourth of July and have used the remainder of the summer to tie up loose ends. The last deal involving any member of the roster was July 11, when unrestricted free agent forward Brandon Segal signed with the New York Rangers.

Goaltender Jaroslav Janus remains unsigned as a restricted free agent. The Lightning locked up goalie Anders Lindback -- who backed up for Pekka Rinne with the Nashville Predators and acquired in a seven-piece deal on June 15 -- with a two-year contract.

SB Nation's Lightning blog Raw Charge writes that while it was a quiet and largely uneventful free agency period for Tampa Bay -- adding defensemen Sami Salo and Matt Carle was about as splashy as it got -- that's because the development system of the franchise is in good enough shape to address any lingering needs from within:

Tampa Bay is done with their free agent acquisitions -- at least, at the NHL level. Defensive depth at the top was what the Bolts set out to acquire, and now that this has been accomplished ... Well, it's time to take a breather while keeping an eye out for cogs that will bolster the Syracuse Crunch roster (and who could fit in Tampa in a pinch).

For more on the Tampa Bay Lightning, check out Raw Charge and SB Nation's NHL page.

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