Already have the app? Let’s look at their cap situation quickly.  At the moment, they have just over $76MM in commitments to 16 players for next season.  However, they have several key restricted free agents to re-sign and have to fill out the rest of their roster as well.  One, if not two, high-salaried players will need to go.  Here’s the listing of their veterans making $4MM or more and their trade protection: F Nikita Kucherov – $9.5MM through 2026-27, NMC Monny and Backlund are the top centres and they don’t have the cap to put Backlund on the 3rd line with Lucic and Bennett would be a 14 million dollar bottom 6 line. That’s something that BriseBois will have in mind as he tries to navigate this tricky salary cap situation.  There are two windows to try to open up cap space for.  One is to simply be in compliance for next season but there will be even more motivation to try to clear out players signed beyond 2021-22 to give them the space needed to lock up Point as early as a year from now. D Kevin Shattenkirk – While things didn’t work out well for him in New York, Shattenkirk has fared much better with the Lightning.  Instead of being counted on to be an offensive catalyst as he was with the Rangers, he’s in more of a supporting cast role and has made the most of it, picking up 34 points in 70 regular season games and nine more in 19 postseason contests so far.  He has done well to restore some value and while he won’t come anywhere close to the $6.65MM AAV of his contract that was eventually bought out, he should check in higher than $1.75MM he played for this year.  A multi-year pact is certainly a possibility as well. Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images. There are two notable restricted free agents that Tampa Bay has to try to re-sign with their limited cap space in defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and center Anthony Cirelli.  With their cap situation and limitations on moving money with all of the trade protection in place, both players are prime offer sheet targets if someone wants to try to force their hand. Even defenseman Erik Cernak could be someone that’s targeted.  He doesn’t have the best of offensive numbers but if there’s a team that wants him in their top four, Tampa Bay may be hard-pressed to match.  Talks for offer sheets can begin on Friday so freeing up that cap space is something they’ll want to do sooner than later if they can in order to give themselves a bit of leverage in talks with their youngsters. D Victor Hedman – $7.875MM through 2024-25, NMC G Andrei Vasilevskiy– $9.5MM through 2027-28 (too young for trade protection yet) Other UFAs: G Mike Condon, D Cameron Gaunce, G Spencer Martin, D Jan Rutta, D Luke Schenn, D Patrick Sieloff, G Scott Wedgewood. With their cap situation and limitations on moving money with all of the trade protection in place, both players are prime offer sheet targets if someone wants to try to force their hand. These Cookies are necessary for the performance of the Services and may not be removed. D Erik Cernak – He won’t blow anyone away offensively by any stretch but Cernak has settled into a strong defensive role and has been an anchor on what has been one of the better penalty kills among teams that have gone relatively deep into the playoffs.  Like Cirelli and Sergachev, he isn’t eligible for salary arbitration which will hurt his earnings upside a bit so a bridge contract is expected.  Even so, he should at least triple his $735K qualifying offer. What we’re hearing about the Lightning’s struggle to clear cap space. They also have over $53 million invested in 12 players for 2017-18. Notable free agents F Tyler Johnson – $5MM through 2023-24, NTC F Yanni Gourde – $5.166MM through 2024-25, NTC After winning the 2020 Stanley Cup, they are pressed against the salary cap. Trying to convince one (likely two) of these players to waive their trade protection to leave a Cup-winning team to go somewhere where the tax situation may not be as favorable is where BriseBois finds himself right now.  This is something that’s going to be much easier said than done in this cap environment. September 18, 2020 at 8:58 pm CDT | by Brian La Rose 7 Comments. Point’s three-year deal last offseason gave the Lightning some short-term flexibility and to their credit, they made the most of it, utilizing that space to add several key depth players that helped them win the Stanley Cup.  But he’ll be eligible for a new deal starting next offseason and if an extension can’t be reached, he’ll enter the 2022 offseason one year away from UFA eligibility. The Tampa Bay Lightning have some interesting decisions to make. 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After being swept by Columbus last season, no one really knew what to expect from Tampa Bay this year.  Sure, on paper, they were just as strong as ever but look where that got them the year before.  GM Julien BriseBois added some sandpaper and some veteran defensemen and it worked out perfectly as they took out the Blue Jackets, Bruins, Islanders, and Stars to take home the title.  After a few days of celebration, it’s all about tearing things down as the key to their offseason is simply freeing up cap space while keeping as much of the roster intact as they can.  Not surprisingly, each of the following keys revolves around that one element. Just create an account, no credit card required! I think they ought to ask Stamkos if he will take a trade. F Brayden Point – $6.75MM through 2021-22 (too young for trade protection yet) October 5, 2020 at 8:55 pm CDT | by Brian La Rose 3 Comments. The Tampa Bay Lightning have over $8.5 million in available cap space for 2016-17. Yet it won’t be easy for the Lightning as they finally face the salary-cap reckoning that has been coming for some time. Sergachev has been steady offensively in his three seasons with the Lightning and wasn’t asked to jump into a big role right away.  This allowed him to slowly develop his defensive game and the results were certainly promising this season.  He had a career-best 10 goals during the regular season while logging more than 20 minutes a night for the first time.  In the postseason, he chipped in with 10 more points and saw his playing time jump up to more than 22 minutes a game.  He’s already a top-four defender and at 22 years of age, there is still plenty of room for continued improvement.  Sergachev is someone that should be a fixture on their back end as long as they can afford to keep him. D Ryan McDonagh – $6.75MM through 2025-26, NTC 2021-2022 Perry’s cap hit is 2 million and they look to have about 21 million in projected cap space, and no major RFA’s to sign (if I’m reading cap friendly right). Maybe then, assuming he sticks with Tampa for another year then waves his NTC, which has no modifications as far as I can tell. Tampa Bay would demand … These are cookies that are required to provide you with features or services that you have requested. There are some teams that rarely hand out any form of trade protection.  Tampa Bay is not one of them.  Of their seven highest-paid forwards, only one doesn’t have the ability to at least block a trade to some teams and that’s Brayden Point because he’s simply too young to have one.  On defense, their top-three paid players have either a full no-trade clause or a full no-move clause.  One advantage of being in the market they’re in is no state taxes which has allowed the Lightning to sign some of those players below market value.  The trade-off, however, is players getting some security in the form of trade protection.

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