• Tower of shot-blocking power

    News: Andrej Sustr has spent most of the preseason skating with defensive stalwart Matt Carle.
    Analysis: It's still no guarantee he'll line up with Carle in the regular season, as coach Jon Cooper shuffled things up Saturday and rolled him with Brayden Coburn. Either way, the 6-8 behemoth's fantasy value lies in the obscure category of blocked shots .. if that's what your squad needs.
  • Lightning Re-Sign Sustr For Two Years

    News: The Lightning re-signed Andrej Sustr to a two-year, one-way contract.
    Analysis: Andrej Sustr received a qualifying offer over the weekend, and it didn't take long for the two sides to reach an agreement. He'll likely open 2015-16 as part of Tampa Bay's third defensive pairing, coming off a 13-point season (all assists) in 72 appearances. Sustr's two-year contract is worth $2.9 million, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.
  • Bolts Make Qualifying Offer To Sustr

    News: The Lightning have made a qualifying offer to Andrej Sustr, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
    Analysis: The move simply secures his rights while the two sides continue to talk. He'll get a small raise, but expect a new deal that helps control his salary.
  • Lightning's Sustr Set To Return

    News: Andrej Sustr (upper body) is slated to play in Thursday's playoff opener against the Red Wings, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: As is fellow defenseman Braydon Coburn, with Mark Barberio thus a candidate to be the odd man out on the Tampa Bay blue line Thursday night.
  • Bolts' Sustr Expects To Play Thursday

    News: Andrej Sustr (upper body) expects to return to the lineup for Thursday's playoff opener against the Red Wings, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: Andrej Sustr skated on the Bolts' first defensive pairing alongside Victor Hedman at Wednesday's practice, with coach Jon Cooper indicating after the session that it looks "promising" that the ailing blueliner will be able to play. Expect a formal confirmation on Sustr's status to arrive after Thursday's morning skate.
  • Bolts' Sustr Continues To Target Game 1 Return

    News: Andrej Sustr (upper body) practiced in a no-contact capacity Monday, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: Though his activity was limited in Monday's session, Andrej Sustr remains optimistic that he'll be available for Game 1 of the Lightning's first-round playoff series Thursday against the Red Wings. After missing the team's final six regular-season games with the injury, Sustr will probably need to get in at least one full-contact practice before receiving clearance to play.
  • Bolts' Sustr Likely Ready To Play For Game 1

    News: Coach Jon Cooper said Thursday that Andrej Sustr (upper body) is being considered probable for Game 1 of the Lightning's first-round playoff series, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: While it doesn't appear the Lightning are counting on having Andrej Sustr available for either of their two remaining regular-season contests, the blueliner seems to be on track to return to full health within the next week. Sustr was on the ice for Thursday's optional practice in a no-conduct jersey, but could increase his involvement in team activities over the next couple of days.
  • Bolts' Sustr May Not Practice Thursday

    News: Coach Jon Cooper indicated that Andrej Sustr (upper body) may not be ready to practice by Thursday, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.
    Analysis: The blueliner was able to skate on his own prior to Tuesday's team session to suggest his return was forthcoming, but Cooper didn't seem to be confident about that materializing a day later. It doesn't sound like Andrej Sustr has sustained any sort of setback; instead, the Lightning may just be preparing to have him prepare for a return for the first game of the playoffs rather than one of the final two regular-season matches.
  • Lightning's Sustr Nears Return

    News: Andrej Sustr (upper body) skated before practice Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: Andrej Sustr -- who last played on March 28 -- noted that he hopes to participate in Thursday's morning skate, with an eye toward suiting up in one of the Lightning's final two regular season contests. Meanwhile, as the postseason approaches, fellow blueliners Victor Hedman and Braydon Coburn are also nearing a return to the Tampa Bay lineup.
  • Lightning's Sustr Sidelined

    News: Andrej Sustr (upper body) will be out one-to-two weeks, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
    Analysis: With Andrej Sustr -- who has 13 helpers in 73 games -- sidelined, the Lightning have bolstered their blue line depth by recalling Luke Witkowski from AHL Syracuse.