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.
Bishop is day-to-day with a lower-body injury; doubtful to play in Game 2.
Bishop was stretchered off of the ice in Game 1 and his season appeared to be over, but the Lightning were given good news on Saturday, hearing that Bishop is “day-to-day” but playing in Game 2 is unlikely. Vasilevskiy replaced Bishop in Game 1 and stopped 25 of 26 shots en route to a 3-1 win. Look for Vasilevskiy to get the nod in Game 2 on Monday.