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Quick Strikes: Dominik Masin signs one year deal with Tampa Bay Lightning

and some Finding Nemo jokes about Mikhail Sergachev.

NHL: SEP 19 Preseason - Lightning at Hurricanes
RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 19: Carolina Hurricanes right wing Spencer Smallman (75) with the puck while Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dominik Masin (74) tries to block him during the 1st period of the preseason Carolina Hurricanes game versus the Tampa Bay Lightning on September 19, 2018 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC.
Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Bolts

Yesterday the Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed defenseman Dominik Masin to a one-year contract extension. The contract details are not official, but Masin will likely around the league minimum of $700,000 with a much lower salary in the AHL. With Masin signed, the only two RFA contracts left are Brayden Point and Adam Erne. [NHL dot com]

Masin, 23, skated in 69 games with the Syracuse Crunch during the 2018-19 season, posting two goals and 12 points to go along with a plus-36 rating. He led the Crunch and ranked tied for second in the American Hockey League for plus/minus. The 6-foot-2, 198-pound defenseman also appeared in four playoff games in 2019.

Re-live Nikita Kucherov’s top-10 goals from last season with this great video from the NHL.

Mikhail Sergachev is definitely finding Dory along with stronger muscles over the summer. Too much?

Tyler Johnson stopped by to join the Lightning Made summer camp on the ice. He seems like such a happy guy. Pretty cool how he stays in Tampa over the summer, too.

From The Athletic, Dom L. took a look at every team’s non-ELC contracts and compared them by value to see which team was the most efficient. The Bolts’ table is interesting to say the least. [The Athletic]

Considering some of the sweetheart deals the team’s superstars have signed, it may be a bit of a surprise that the Lightning rank outside the top five. Doing this experiment before Brayden Point signs for well below market value definitely hurts them. So too does excluding players on ELCs, as all four of Anthony Cirelli, Erik Cernak, Mathieu Joseph and Mikhail Sergachev provide big value at a fraction of their worth. That the team has found value through that avenue speaks more to their development than cap efficiency though.

The Prospects

We have another episode of the Crunch Time podcast ready to go. This week, Lukas talks about where the Syracuse Crunch stand with their roster and the schedule that is in place for next season.

Elite Prospects has a premium blog that does really good work. One of whom is evaluating prospects. In this article, JD Burke does a great breakdown of where the Lightning are in terms of their prospect pool.

The Game

Women’s hockey and soccer in the United States is at a pretty high point right now. I mean, USA have the biggest title in each sport firmly in their pocket. So what would be more fun than to pair up a woman’s hockey star with a women’s soccer star and talk about how great they all are. [The Ice Garden]

Let’s say you like goals. Like, a lot of goals. You like the versatile, showy player who can make it happen no matter who she’s playing with — and look good doing it. You like Dani Cameranesi because she’s out there wreaking havoc on the international and club and college stages and the whole time her mascara is always on point.

Goalies on podcasts are always really interesting because they always say something you wouldn’t expect. Eric Comrie is the same way on the In Goal Magazine podcast.

CJ Turtoro of All About the Jersey fame did a funny thing on the internet where he created an algorithm that paired up hockey players with a pokemon of the same style. It works hilariously well. Here’s his article on the topic. [All About the Jersey]

I was on Twitter yesterday and saw this tweet from Corey Sznajder (All-3-Zone tracker extraordinaire) in which each Carolina defender was assigned a Pokemon. That sounded like a fun exercise and so I decided to give it a go myself. But rather than subjectively assign a pokemon that felt like it described a player well, I decided to take this totally pure and childlike endeavor and absolutely ruin it by making it as numerical and objective as possible. And that’s why I decided to make Similarity Scores.

Gritty ‘bout 2 get dem Aliens!