Player News - Lightning

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Ondrej Palat believes that Tampa Bay's rough 2016-17 campaign will serve as a lesson for the team.

Tampa Bay failed to make the playoffs after reaching the Eastern Conference Final in 2016 and Stanley Cup Final in 2015. "It was an experience for us last year because we came from two good (playoff) runs and we thought we were going to make the playoffs just like that, and it didn't happen," Palat said. "In the NHL we have to play good from the beginning of the season, and we have to be good all season long." Part of the Lightning's shortcomings last season can be pinned on the fact that Steven Stamkos was unavailable for the vast majority of the season, but certainly the Lightning would like to be a team that overcomes even high levels of adversity. Palat is armed with a five-year, $26.5 million contract that he signed this summer.
Jul 21 - 8:19 AM

Ken Klee has joined AHL Syracuse as an assistant coach.

Syracuse is affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Klee had been the coach of the U.S. Women's National Team and had led them to world championships in 2015 and 2016. The former defenseman also logged 934 games in the NHL as a player. "We are very excited to add Ken to our coaching staff," Syracuse GM Julien BriseBois said. "His vast experience as a long-time National Hockey League defenseman, his recent experience as a head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team and his strong leadership skills will make him an important contributor to the success of our Syracuse Crunch team."
Jul 18 - 7:57 PM

Michael Bournival has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay.

Bournival scored two goals and three points in 19 games with the Lightning last season. He also had nine goals and 19 points in 38 AHL contests. At the NHL level his new deal would come with a $650,000 cap hit.
Jul 15 - 3:48 PM

Ondrej Palat has signed a five-year, $26.5 million contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Palat scored 16 goals and 63 points in 75 games in 2014-15, but he hasn't done quite as well since. He was slowed somewhat by injury in 2015-16 and then last season he had 17 goals and 52 points in 75 contests. Still, those are pretty solid numbers and given his cap hit and history, this has the potential to be a really good contract for the Lightning. With this the Lightning have locked up all their major RFAs this summer as Tyler Johnson recently agreed to a seven-year, $35 million deal. The core of the Lightning is now locked up for a while and it will be interesting to see how they perform together over the next few years.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 14 - 5:28 PM

With Tyler Johnson signed to a seven-year, $35 million contract, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is expected to focus on locking up Ondrej Palat too.

Palat is a restricted free agent with an arbitration hearing set for July 25. In other words, the two sides have two weeks to work out a deal or an arbitrator will decide on a short-term contract for them. "He's a very important player," Yzerman said of Palat. "I'm very hopefully we can reach an agreement before arbitration." It wouldn't be surprising to see Palat get a contract similar to Johnson's.
Jul 11 - 8:31 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Tyler Johnson to a seven-year, $35 million contract extension.

Johnson was a restricted free agent and had filed for arbitration. This contract offers him a pay bump from his completed three-year, $10 million deal, but his new $5 million annual cap hit will be a steal, bust, or anything in between. That's because Johnson has had a career of extremes thus far. He had a 50-point rookie season to place third in Calder Trophy voting and followed that up with a 72-point sophomore campaign. However, he struggled in 2015-16 14 goals and 38 points in 69 games and while he bounced back last season with 44 points in 66 contests, it was still considerably shy of his peak. If he can stay healthy and bounce back to his 2014-15 levels then this contract will look great for Tampa Bay, but of course that's far from certain and the Lightning are consequently taking a significant risk given the length of this deal.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 10 - 7:36 PM

Matthew Peca has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Peca had a goal and an assist in 10 games with Tampa Bay in 2016-17. He also recorded 12 goals and 41 points in 68 contests.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 5 - 10:01 PM

Ondrej Palat has put in a request for salary arbitration.

Palat scored 17 goals and 52 points in 75 contests last season. He completed a three-year, $10 million deal.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 7:32 PM

Tyler Johnson has filed for salary arbitration.

Johnson recorded 72 points in 2014-15, but he took a step back over the last two campaigns with a combined 33 goals and 83 points in 135 contests. His last contract was worth $10 million over three years.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 7:30 PM

Jake Dotchin and the Tampa Bay Lightning are reportedly closing in on a two-year contract.

Dotchin is a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. The potential financial terms of his next contract aren't known except to say that it will be a one-way deal. Dotchin made his NHL debut on Jan. 21 and went on to record 11 points and a plus-10 rating in 35 games with Tampa Bay.
Jul 5 - 4:58 AM

Slater Koekkoek has agreed to a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Koekkoek was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. He had four assists in 29 games with Tampa Bay last season. He also scored two goals and 13 points in 48 AHL contests.
Jul 3 - 6:05 PM

Look for Chris Kunitz to get a chance to play a prominent role with the Lightning next season.

He could line up as a winger on one of the Bolts' top two lines which would mean he would flank either Steven Stamkos or Tyler Johnson. Even if Kunitz plays on Tampa's third unit, he will get plenty of power-play ice time making him late-round draft worthy.
Jul 2 - 10:41 AM

Ryan Callahan told reporters Saturday that he is feeling great and that his hip issues are behind him.

In fact, Callahan was very optimistic about his readiness level for next season. "I feel great, no limitations at all," Callahan said. "I think this is going to be the hungriest I've ever been". That said, Callahan remains an injury risk. He is also likely destined for third-line duty which also supresses his fantasy value.
Jul 2 - 10:36 AM

Alex Gallant has inked a one-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay.

Gallant played in 29 games with the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL last year, where he posted two assists and 126 penalty minutes. Gallant will likely stay in the minors next season.
Jul 1 - 4:41 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Chris Kunitz to a one-year, $2 million contract.

That's a very reasonable contract for Kunitz. That being said, he probably won't have any fantasy relevance in 2017-18. He was limited to nine goals and 29 points in 71 contests with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season and he'll turn 38 years old on Sept. 26. He's a versatile forward though and a veteran presence with four Stanley Cup championships under his belt.
Jul 1 - 4:30 PM


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