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Lightning's Mikhail Sergachev: Signs three-year pact
Sergachev penned a three-year, $14.4 million contract with Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Sergachev set a new personal best this year with 10 goals in 70 outings on his way to a third straight 30-plus point campaign. The 21-year-old defenseman also notched 13 of his 34 points with the man advantage despite primarily serving on the No. 2 unit. Looking ahead to 2020-21, there is no reason to expect any sort of drop off from Sergachev, so fantasy players should be looking to pick him up in middle rounds, especially in formats that prioritize power-play points.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Ben Thomas: Handed one-year deal
Thomas put pen to paper on a one-year, two-way pact with Tampa Bay on Monday.
Thomas has spent the past four seasons playing for AHL Syracuse without getting an opportunity to make his NHL debut. The 2014 fourth-round pick will stick with the club for at least one more year but is unlikely to offer much in terms of fantasy value even if he can crack the Lightning's lineup.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Ross Colton: Sticks with Tampa Bay
Colton signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning on Saturday, per CapFriendly.com.
The Vermont product has compiled 25 goals and 73 points in 128 games over the last two seasons with AHL Syracuse. Colton will likely continue with the Bolts' minor-league affiliate in 2020-21. He has yet to make his NHL debut.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Steven Stamkos: Back under knife
Stamkos (abdomen) underwent an additional core muscle procedure Wednesday but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020-21 season, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Stamkos was able to play in just one game for the Lightning during the playoffs in which he scored a goal on one shot in only 2:47 of ice time. Once cleared for the upcoming season, the 29-year-old should get back to being a point-per-game producer and elite fantasy option.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Tyler Johnson: Clears waivers
Johnson went unclaimed off waivers Saturday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
With no takers on Johnson's $5 million cap hit, the team has limited options going forward to clear cap space. At best, the Lightning can bury Johnson's contract in the minors which will generate $1.25 million in space and could convince Johnson to remove more teams on his no-trade list.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Christopher Gibson: Signed by Lightning
Gibson penned a one-year, two-way deal with the Lightning on Friday.
Gibson was a relatively high draft pick in 2011, going 49th overall to the Kings. However, he's only made 14 NHL appearances since turning pro in 2013-14, instead spending the bulk of his career in the AHL. Through 208 games there, the 27-year-old has posted a .911 save percentage, 2.60 GAA and 105-67-33 record. Long story short: the Lightning are set in net with star Andrei Vasilevskiy and capable NHL-journeyman backup Curtis McElhinney, so Gibson figures to feature almost exclusively with AHL Syracuse.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andreas Borgman: Signs with defending champs
Borgman signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning on Friday.
Borgman last played in the NHL during the 2017-18 season, suiting up in 48 games with the Maple Leafs and posting 11 points. The 25-year-old blueliner played exclusively in the AHL over the last two seasons, and he's logged three games with Assat Pori of the Swedish League this season. Borgman likely will continue to play overseas until NHL training camp begins.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Luke Schenn: Re-signs with Bolts
Schenn (undisclosed) signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Lightning on Friday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Schenn was a key piece of the Lightning's Stanley Cup run, as he played 11 games during the postseason, posting two points, 34 hits and 18 blocked shots. The 2008 first-round pick only played 25 regular-season games with the big club, but he's trusted depth that will be important for the team to repeat next season.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Patrick Maroon: Staying with champs
Maroon agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.8 million contract with Tampa Bay on Friday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports
Maroon likely won't be racking up 40 points as he did earlier in his career with Edmonton, but he'll provide solid depth scoring for the Lightning and is capable of pushing for the 30-point threshold. Fantasy players probably don't need to jump on Maroon in the early rounds, though a late-round selection could be warranted, especially in deeper formats.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Spencer Martin: Snags one-year deal
Martin penned a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning on Friday.
Martin figures to spend the bulk of the season in the minors with AHL Syracuse, as the club already has Andrei Vasilevskiy and Curtis McElhinney under contract. The 25-year-old netminder hasn't appeared in an NHL game since 2016-17 when he was with Colorado. Last season, Martin went 12-11-5 with a .897 save percentage in 33 outings for the Crunch.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Jack Thompson: Final selection of Round 3
Thompson was drafted 93rd overall by the Lightning at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
Scouts got plenty of looks at Thompson this past season as he was on the same Sudbury (OHL) team as No. 2 overall selection Quinton Byfield. Thompson led all blueliners on that club in scoring (32 points in 63 games), but you rarely got the same effort out of him on a nightly basis. Thompson isn't a true offensive defenseman but does possess a few NHL-caliber traits. The Lightning will let Thompson marinate at the junior level for the foreseeable future.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Maxim Groshev: Adds depth to Tampa system
Groshev was drafted 85th overall by the Lightning at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
NHL scouts have gotten multiple looks at Groshev on the international level. He was on Russia's World Junior team this past year, as well are their U18 team back in 2018-19. The big Russian has struggled to produce in both tournaments and for his club teams, but does have some legitimate offensive ability. Groshev's work ethic is strong, he can kill penalties, and has experience playing both left and right wing. Groshev's ceiling is likely that of a versatile bottom-six option but you must look beyond the boxscore to notice the contributions he brings to the table.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Gage Goncalves: Joins up with Lightning
Goncalves was drafted 62nd overall by the Lightning at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
An overage forward, Goncalves was eligible to be selected in 2019 and wasn't drafted. The Lightning have never been afraid to reach for a player they think highly of and this is another example of that. Goncalves is known for his physical style of play and big shot. He's an asset on the power-play and is strong in the faceoff circle. Few draft pundits had him going this high but a deeper dive into his game reveals multiple NHL-caliber attributes. Goncalves figures to return to WHL Everett when they finally begin their season.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Jack Finley: Joins champs following trade
Finley was drafted 57th overall by the Lightning at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
The son of former NHL defenseman Jeff Finley, Jack is 6-foot-6 and well over 210 pounds. Tampa obviously saw something in Finley because they dealt a 2020 fourth-rounder in addition to a 2021 second-rounder in order to jump up and take him. Finley averaged less than a point-per-game (19 goals, 57 points in 61 games) for WHL Spokane this past season but every team in the NHL is on the look out for massive centers with size and Finley certainly provides that. The is a pure upside play for the reigning Stanley Cup Champions.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Gemel Smith: Secures one-year extension
Smith penned a one-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Smith started the 2019-20 season on the 23-man roster, making three appearances at the start of the year before being dropped to the minors. In the AHL, the 26-year-old center racked up 22 goals and 18 helpers in 50 games, his second straight 40-point season in the minors. If the Lightning are forced to move Tyler Johnson for cap reasons, it could create a spot for Smith to feature more heavily for the team next year.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Mitchell Stephens: Pens two-year extension
Stephens signed a two-year, $1.475 million extension with the Lightning on Wednesday.
Stephens was a part-time player for Tampa Bay in 2019-20, picking up three goals and three helpers in 38 contests. The 23-year-old forward will likely continue to be a rotational, bottom-six option next season, so don't expect him to suddenly develop into a useful fantasy option.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Tyler Johnson: Submits trade list
Johnson has provided the Lightning with a list of teams he'd accept a trade to, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Johnson's contract has a full no-move clause, so this is essentially him doing a favor for the team that gave him his first shot in the NHL all the way back in 2012. The Lightning have several major restricted free agents to re-sign this offseason, including Mikhail Sergachev and Anthony Cirelli, so they were always going to need to make moves in order to make it work, and trading Johnson and his $5 million annual salary is considered by many to be the logical first step. It appears to be a foregone conclusion that Johnson, who picked up 14 goals and 31 points in 65 games last campaign, will be playing elsewhere next season.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Steven Stamkos: Expected to be ready for 2020-21
Stamkos (lower body) is expected to be fully fit and ready to play for the start of the 2020-21 campaign, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Stamkos played in just one game during the postseason, managing to score a goal despite logging a mere 2:47 of ice time. Despite not having the elite center, the team still managed to lift Lord Stanley's cup. During the regular season, Stamkos averaged over a point per game for the fourth straight year and should be an early-round selection in nearly all season-long formats.... See More ... See Less