The Lightning signed Alex Killorn to a seven-year deal worth $31.15 million ($4.45M AAV) on Sunday.
Killorn, 26, had 40 points (14G / 26A) in 81 games last season. He has been a very consistent point producer in the lat three years, finishing with 41, 38 and 40 points each season. Those number are certainly serviceable for the Lightning, but aren’t quite good enough to land him firmly on the fantasy radar.
The Lightning re-signed Kristers Gudlevskis to a one-year, two-way contract.
Arguably, Gudlevskis, 23, is good enough to be at the NHL level, but in Tampa Bay he is the third best option, which limits him to the AHL level. He was 16-12-8 with a 2.83 GAA and .907 SV% in 41 games with Syracuse last season and the only way he makes it to the NHL this year is as an injury replacement or if the Lightning end up trading Ben Bishop.
The Lightning have signed Michael Bournival to a one-year, two way contract.
Bournival, 24, has not played a lot of hockey in the last three years. He only appeared in 20 games last season (all with St. John’s) while picking up eight points (1G / 7A). Now with the Lightning, expect Bournival to start the 2016-17 season in the AHL.
The Lightning have signed Jeremy Morin to a one-year, two-way contract.
After spending the first four and a half years of his career in the Blackhawks organization, Morin has bounced around quite a bit. After Chicago he has gone from Columbus to Toronto to San Jose and now lands in Tampa Bay on a one-year deal. In 2015-16 he played for Rockford, Toronto and San Jose (AHL), totalling 16 goals and 26 assists (42 points) in 59 games.
The Lightning have signed Andrei Vasilevskiy to a three-year contract extension worth $10.5 million ($3.5M AAV).
Vasilevskiy, 21, was the 19th overall pick in 2012 and is ready for his first full NHL season in 2016-17. He was 11-10-0 with a 2.76 GAA and .910 SV% in 24 games with the Lightning and 7-4-1 with a 1.94 GAA and .935 SV% in 12 starts with Syracuse (AHL). Vasilevskiy enters the season as Ben Bishop’s backup, but he is the future of the Lightning’s net.
The Lightning have signed Victor Hedman to an eight-year contract extension worth $63 million ($7.875M AAV).
Hedman is heading into his final year of a five-year, $20 million dollar deal, but was extended through the 2024-25 season. The former second overall pick is coming off of another great season, where he scored double-digit goals (10) for the third straight season and posted 40-plus points (47) for the second time in his career. He has developed into one of the top defensemen in the NHL and now he is getting paid like one.
Stamkos is reportedly re-signing with the Lightning; expected to be around eight years, $68 million ($8.5M AAV).
The Lightning cut it close, signing Stamkos two days before he hit the free agency market. There were a tonne of teams hoping Stamkos would become a free agent, but it looks like he will be with the Lightning through the 2023-24 NHL season. Stamkos missed games at the end of the season with a blood clot issue, but he finished with 36 goals and 28 assists (64 points) in 77 games.
The Lightning have signed J.T. Brown to a two-year contract extension.
Brown, 25, had eight goals and 14 assists (22 points) in 78 games with the Lightning last season. He has amassed 51 points (15G / 36A) in 198 career NHL games and has settled in nicely in the Lightning’s bottom six over the last three seasons.