Player News - Lightning

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Derek Lalonde has been hired by Tampa Bay to serve as an assistant coach.

Lalonde spent the previous two season as the head coach of the AHL's Iowa Wild. Before that he was the bench boss of the ECHL's Toledo Walleye for two campaigns.
Jul 13 - 11:32 AM

Adam Erne has signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Erne scored three goals and four points in 23 games with Tampa Bay last season. He also had 12 goals and 26 points in 41 AHL contests.
Jul 11 - 12:43 PM

Nikita Kucherov's newly signed eight-year, $76 million contract includes $44.5 million in total signing bonuses.

The way signing bonuses work in the NHL is that they count as part of a season's cap hit, but are paid out in a lump sum on July 1 before the corresponding season starts as opposed to salary spread out over the season. For example, in 2019-20 Kucherov's actual salary is just $1 million, but he will receive a $12 million signing bonus on July 1, 2019. That season is the most extreme example in his contract as every other year contains a signing bonus in the range of $3 million to $8.5 million. Notably, the season where his signing bonus is $8.5 million is 2021-22, which is when the current CBA is set to expire, so even if there is a lockout that season, he will have already received the bulk of his 2021-22 pay in advance of it.
Jul 10 - 12:29 PM

Nikita Kucherov has signed an eight-year extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning worth an annual average value of $9.5 million.

The contract will lock up Kucherov through the 2026-27 season. He has one more year left on his current deal that carries a cap hit of $4,766,667. Kucherov registered 39 goals and 100 points in 80 games last year. He was third in the league in scoring and second with 31 multi-point efforts. Kucherov has amassed 334 points through 365 career contests.
Jul 10 - 10:10 AM

Gabriel Fortier is hoping to make a bigger impact offensively in 2018-19.

Fortier scored 26 goals and 59 points in 66 QMJHL games last season. Tampa Bay took him with the 59th overall pick and like the fact that he's a versatile forward that contributes at both ends of the ice. He still needs more time to develop though and is expected to spend the 2018-19 campaign in the juniors. For now though, he's working on his game at the Lightning's development camp. "I definitely want to do more offensively and show people what I'm capable of when the puck is on my stick," Fortier said. "And that will come as my skating improves, which is what I'm working on here. It's a great opportunity to work with the coaches and display my skills for the people that drafted me."
Jul 8 - 2:36 PM

Cedric Paquette has signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Paquette scored five goals and nine points in 56 games last season. His previous contract was a two-year, $1,625,000 deal.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 5 - 8:54 PM

Slater Koekkoek has agreed to a one-year, $865,000 contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Koekkoek was a restricted free agent after getting a qualifying offer from Tampa Bay. He had four goals and eight points in 35 games with the Lightning last season. He also scored two goals and 13 points in 48 AHL contests.
Jul 2 - 3:44 PM

Cameron Gaunce has signed a one-year/two-way deal with Tampa Bay.

The defenseman was with the Columbus organization last season but failed to see any action with the big club. He played 67 games with with Cleveland of the AHL and had three goals and 24 points to go with 96 penalty minutes. He is depth for Tampa Bay and will likely spend most of the season in the AHL.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 1 - 2:13 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed center Kevin Lynch to a one-year/two-way contract.

Lynch played for the Syracuse Crunch last season and had 14 goals and 26 points in 55 games. No terms have been announced.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 1 - 1:34 PM

Ryan McDonagh has agreed to a seven-year, $47.25 million extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa Bay has a single season left of his existing six-year, $26.2 million contract. McDonagh is a workhorse, averaging over 23 minutes in six of his last seven campaigns. He might play a slightly smaller role over a full season with Tampa Bay, but he'll still be one of their top defenders. He blocks a lot of shots and chips in 30-40 points.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 1 - 12:13 PM

Alex Green was pleasantly surprised to find out he had been selected by Tampa Bay with the 121st overall pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Green was in his third year of being draft eligible and hadn't been selected the previous two times, so he was just hoping to be taken at all. "I didn't really expect too much, and obviously when it happened, it was a surreal feeling," said Green. "I thought there was a chance I'd go to the Lightning in a later round, but I definitely didn't expect to go as early as I did." Green has bulked up over the last year, to the point where he's now 6-foot-2, 190-pounds. He's getting ready for his sophomore season with Cornell.
Jun 29 - 9:02 AM

Martin St. Louis is heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

St. Louis will be inducted into the Hall, as part of the 2018 class, in his first year of eligibility. The undrafted forward won a Stanley Cup (2004 - Tampa Bay), captured the Hart Trophy in 2004, the Art Ross Trophy in 2004 and 2013, the Ted Lindsay Award in 2004, and the Lady Byng Trophy in 2010, 2011 and 2013. He amassed 391 goals and 1,033 points in 1,134 games.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 26 - 4:08 PM

J.T. Miller has inked a five-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Miller's new deal is worth $5.25 million per season. He recorded 23 goals and 58 points in 82 games with the New York Rangers and Lightning last season. Miller produced 18 points in 19 regular-season matches with Tampa Bay following his acquisition from New York. He also added eight points in 17 playoff contests.
Jun 26 - 2:36 PM

Ross Colton has agreed to a two-year, two-way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In 36 games with the University of Vermont last season, Colton generated team-highs with 16 goals and 23 points. The Lightning selected him in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft.
Jun 26 - 11:50 AM

Slater Koekkoek has received a qualifying offer from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning also sent qualifying offers to pending restricted free agents Adam Erne, J.T. Miller, and Cedric Paquette. Koekkoek, Miller and Paquette have arbitration rights.
Jun 25 - 2:30 PM


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