The Lightning on Sunday put defenseman and perpetual healthy scratch Brendan Mikkelson on waivers for the purpose of sending him to AHL Syracuse so he can get some playing time.

But general manager Steve Yzerman indicated a Crunch player possibly could be promoted, and if so, a defenseman is likely.

"We brought up forwards the last few weeks," he said. "We've got options in other areas."

The most obvious: Radko Gudas, a defensive-minded bruiser who was so impressive at training camp, and point-producer Mark Barberio.

The small move, if it happens, will not assuage fans who want coach Guy Boucher's head or a roster shakeup in response to a 4-13-1 streak that has Tampa Bay one point from the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

But with Yzerman reiterating "I think our coaches do a good job of preparing the players and getting the game plan ready" and "I am very pleased with the effort and attitude our team shows up with on a daily basis," there seems a willingness for now to stay the course.

"I think we're doing a lot of things the right way to win games," Yzerman said. "Our coverage in our own zone, we're improving upon. The results aren't showing up in wins and losses, but we're hoping if we stick with the process, that will start to show up, and we hope sooner rather than later."