Dumont inked a two-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay on Wednesday worth $650,000 annually. Dumont's contract will become a one-way deal starting with the 2018-19 season, which will force the Lightning to choose between keeping him on their 23-man roster and risking losing him via waivers. In the meantime, the 26-year-old will certainly be looking to improve upon last season's four points in 39 games. Where the center begins the season -- AHL or NHL -- will largely depend on his performance during training camp this fall.
Dumont cleared waivers Monday and was reassigned to AHL Syracuse, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. In order to get Dumont some extra time in the minors, the Lightning were required to waive him after he logged 39 games this season. Fortunately for the team, the 26-year-old tallied just two goals and a pair of helpers this year, so the rest of the league wasn't too eager to snatch him up. The center averaged a mere 9:40 of ice time, which likely factored into Tampa Bay's decision to send him down to the Crunch in order to get some more playing time before the summer break.
Dumont will play Sunday's regular-season finale against the Sabres despite being placed on waivers earlier in the day. Dumont is slated to slot onto the Lightning's fourth line Sunday with Greg McKegg and the recently returned J.T. Brown. Dumont has just two points in his last 26 games, so he should not be considered for the final day of the season in all but the deepest of fantasy formats.
Dumont was placed on waivers by the Lightning on Sunday, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports. Dumont has drawn into all but one of the team's contests since Jan. 12 but appears to be skipping the finale. Assuming he clears, the club would likely assign him to the AHL Syracuse affiliate for their pursuit of a playoff berth.
Dumont (personal) is likely to return to the lineup Thursday night against the Maple Leafs, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Dumont and his wife reportedly welcomed their second child into the world Wednesday, and he'll be right back in there despite missing morning skate Thursday.
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