Wisniewski was with the Lightning on a professional tryout agreement and despite optimism about potentially making the final roster, it appears Wisniewski will have to look elsewhere for work. The 32-year-old defenseman missed a full year after undergoing ACL surgery, so he could still be shaking off some rust and may find another team willing to give him a shot.
Wiz played 19:49 Saturday against the Preds and picked up an assist. He'll be a bottom pair guy if he makes the final roster for the Bolts.
"(General Manager Steve Yzerman) told me they really wanted a right-shot power play defenseman," Wisniewski said. "I've been in that role the last six years or so. So what better team to come to than a team that loves being here?" Wiz is a low-risk, high-reward fantasy pick this season, as he could slot into a specialty role on the power play for the Bolts. The team ranked 28th in 2015-16 with just a 15.8 percent success rate. And new Bolts assistant coach Todd Richards understands the value Wisniewski can bring -- the defender played for him in Columbus. Five D spots are all but locked up, leaving Wiz to fight with two or three other guys for the remaining opening. But coach Jon Cooper likes to roll seven guys on the back end and Wiz might just be able to resurrect his career with a potential Stanley Cup fave.
Wisniewski logged just 47 seconds of ice time in 2015-16, as he suffered a season-ending ACL tear in the first period of Carolina's season opener on Oct. 8. The 32-year-old Michigan native's health remains a huge question mark, which is likely why he hasn't garnered more interest from defenseman-needy clubs this offseason. Wisniewski will hope to secure a bottom-pairing role with the
Wisniewski is still looking for a place to call home after being bought out of his contract by the Hurricanes in June. The 32-year-old played in just one contest last year after undergoing surgery on his knee. If he can return to the form that saw him notch at least 30 points in four of his last seven seasons, which is far from guaranteed, the blueliner could be a discounted value play -- assuming a team is willing to take a risk on him.