• Lobbying for backup job in Tampa Bay

    News: Kristers Gudlevskis, claimed off waivers from the Islanders on Sunday, remains a candidate for the backup goalie job behind Ben Bishop to open the new season, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: Kristers Gudlevskis and Kevin Poulin, also claimed off waivers, are said to be the only internal options for the gig at this point. Gudlevskis appeared in 46 games this past season with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL, posting a 2.81 GAA and .900 save percentage.
  • Bolts' Gudlevskis Sidelined With Minor Injury

    News: Kristers Gudlevskis will not practice this weekend due to a "minor" upper-body injury he suffered in Tuesday's prospects game against the Panthers, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: It's great news for Tampa Bay, as they can now rest easy knowing that Kristers Gudlevskis isn't in danger of being sidelined for an extended period of time. A long-term injury to Gudlevskis is something the team can ill afford, as their goaltender depth has already been stretched thin by the absence of Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is scheduled to miss the next two-to-three months while recovering from a blood clot he recently had surgically removed.
  • Bolts' Gudlevskis Exits With Injury

    News: Kristers Gudlevskis left Tuesday's prospects game against the Panthers with an upper-body injury, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: This could become a dire situation for the Lightning, as Kristers Gudlevskis is expected to open the season as Tampa's top backup in goal after Andrei Vasilevskiy required a procedure to remove a blood clot that will sideline him for two-to-three months. Depending on the severity of Tuesday's injury, that expectation may now be in serious doubt. If Gudlevskis is sidelined for an extended period of time, camp tryout Ray Emery would likely step in to serve as Bishop's backup. The team is expected to provide an update on Gudlevskis' status on Wednesday.
  • Bolts' Gudlevskis In Line To Open Season As Backup

    News: With Andrei Vasilevskiy slated to remain off the ice for the next two-to-three months while recovering from a blood clot near his collarbone, Kristers Gudlevskis is expected to serve as the backup goalie behind Ben Bishop.
    Analysis: Vasilevskiy's recovery timetable has him on track to sit out until early November at the earliest, paving the way for Kristers Gudlevskis to stick with the Bolts for at least the first month of the season. Coach Jon Cooper showed a willingness to give Bishop more frequent nights off than some of the league's top netminders last season, but that was due in some part to the reliability Vasilevskiy showed in a part-time role. Though Gudlevskis is a quality prospect, it might take a while before he earns the same amount of trust from the coaching staff, which could result in Bishop bearing a heavier workload to open the campaign, at least until Vasilevskiy is healthy enough to return. That said, because of the overall strength of the Bolts' roster, Gudlevskis should be well positioned to come away with the win nearly anytime he's called upon to make a spot start.
  • Bolts Recall Gudlevskis

    News: Kristers Gudlevskis was recalled from AHL Syracuse on Friday, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Kristers Gudlevskis was recalled solely to provide the Lightning with additional depth at goalie. It's highly unlikely he'll get any action in net during Tampa Bay's second round series against Montreal, as Andrei Vasilevskiy would almost certainly get the call if Ben Bishop suffers an injury or plays poorly.
  • Bolts Send Gudlevskis To AHL

    News: Kristers Gudlevskis has been assigned to AHL Syracuse.
    Analysis: He will vie for a share of the starter's time with the Crunch and continue to build on his impressive 2014 (so far).