The Lightning have signed Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension worth $11.9 million.
Bishop, 27, went 37-14-7 with a 2.23 GAA (7th in the NHL) and .924 SV% (6th) with the Lightning last season. It was by far his best season of his five-year career. He underwent wrist surgery in April, but he should be ready for the start of the 2014-15 season. He is just outside the group of elite goaltenders, but should still be a top-30 pick in September.
The Lightning signed Brenden Morrow to a one-year, $1.55 million contract.
Morrow, 35, had 13 goals and 12 assists (25 points) in 71 games with the Blues last season. The veteran winger is a two-time 30-plus goal scorer, but has seen his production fall while playing a smaller role over the last few seasons. In 2013-14 he figures to play on the Lightning's third or fourth line on a regular basis.
The Lightning have signed Evgeni Nabokov to a one-year contract worth $1.55 million.
Nabokov was 15-14-8 with a 2.74 GAA and .905 SV% with the Islanders last season. Towards the end of the season he was splitting time with Anders Nilsson, but he is more likely to be in a back-up role in Tampa Bay.
The Lightning have signed Brian Boyle to a three-year deal worth $6 million.
Boyle gets a nice payday after a strong season and postseason where he had three goals and five assists (eight points) in 25 games. Boyle is a giant at 6-foot-7, 244 lbs. and brings a mix of size and skill to the Lightning.
The Lightning have signed Anton Stralman to a five-year deal worth $22.5 million.
Stralman had 13 points (1G / 12A) in 81 games with the Rangers this season. The Lightning freed up a lot of cap-space ahead of July 1st, and they gave Stralman a nice contract. The 27-year-old Swede had a strong postseason and will be a reliable defenseman on the Lightning blueline for the next few years.
The Lightning have acquired Jason Garrison, the rights to Jeff Costello and a 2015 seventh-round pick from the Canucks for the 50th overall pick in this year's draft.
After scoring 16 goals (9 PPG) with the Panthers in 2011-12 the Canucks signed him to a six-year, $27.6 million dollar deal. In two seasons with Vancouver, Garrison had 15 goals and 34 assists (49 points) in 128 games. Trading Garrisson is a cap-dump by the Canucks. It is not just for this season, but the next four seasons he is signed through while carrying a $4.6 million dollar cap-hit. He heads to an aging blueline where he is expected to get a lot of power-play time because of the cannon he possesses.
The Lightning have signed Ryan Callahan to a 6-year contract extension worth $34.8 million.
Callahan was acquired with a pair of draft picks for Martin St. Louis at the trade deadline. In 20 games with the Lightning he had six goals and five assists (11 points) to go along with a plus-4 rating. Callahan did not see a ton of playing time with Steven Stamkos next season, but that is something that may change heading into 2014-15. He is typically good for 20-plus goals and 20-plus assists, but regular ice-time with Stamkos and we could see those numbers inflate.
Bishop will undergo surgery on his right wrist on Tuesday.
The exact extent of the injury and recovery will be known following surgery tomorrow. Bishop missed the entire first round with the injury, which was originally believed to be to his elbow. The Lightning were swept, but it likely would have been an entirely different series had Bishop been healthy. He had a breakout campaign this season, look for him to build off of it in 2014-15.