Yesterday, the Lightning announced that they signed forward Alex Killorn to a seven-year, $31.15 million deal. Naturally, that news reignited questions of whether Ben Bishop could find himself on a new team this season.
Here's what the Lightning's cap situation looks like.
With Killorn signed at $4.45M AAV, #Lightning have $8.53M in estimated cap space. Still have to sign:— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 17, 2016
But even with the Killorn deal, Bolts general manager Steve Yzerman said he's "more than happy" to start the year with both Ben Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy on the roster.
How does Tampa Bay create cap space? Veteran center Valtteri Filppula, with a $5 million hit the next two seasons, is a strong candidate to be moved, especially if Namestnikov is signed. Other players with trade value include defenseman Jason Garrison ($4.6 million the next two years) and goaltender Ben Bishop, who is entering the last year of his deal at $5.95 million. Backup goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy was signed to a three-year extension on July 1. Yzerman has said he likely would have to trade a goalie or risk losing one before the June expansion draft.
Asked if there has been clarity on the goalie situation, Yzerman said, "Things are very quiet right now. We're more than happy to go into the season with both goalies."
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I hope everyone celebrated accordingly yesterday.
What's your favorite flavour? Players weigh in on National Ice Cream Day. https://t.co/36RiY8CmXZ— NHL (@NHL) July 17, 2016
In the years since his father, former NHL Paul Nicholson, committed suicide, Brett Nicholson has focused on helping athletes prepare for life after retirement. [The Hockey News]
And finally, P.K. Subban looks right at home in Nashville.
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