The Tampa Bay Lightning are doing their best to keep the NHL on a year-round news cycle. Without much happening in the hockey world, they have posted headlines in back-to-back days. First it was the big extension for Andrei Vasilevskiy and then, on Tuesday, they convinced the Ottawa Senators to take Ryan Callahan’s contract off their hands. And they didn’t even have to throw a prospect into the deal.
News broke mid-morning that the Lightning and the Ottawa Senators had worked out a deal that would send Ryan Callahan’s contract and a fifth round pick to Ottawa in exchange for goaltender Mike Condon and a sixth round pick. [Raw Charge]
Rumors have been out there that the Lightning were still looking to trade Callahan’s contract to make the math a little bit easier for the team in regards to the salary cap this season. Long Term Injured Reserve isn’t impossible to deal with, but it does make things more complicated when trying to get everything rounded out at the beginning of the season as I’ve discussed here on Raw Charge.
It was a trade that had benefits for both teams. The Lightning’s salary cap situation is a little clearer, and thanks to insurance paying for most of Callahan’s remaining salary, the Senators save a little cash. The perspective from the Senators side is positive as well. [Silver Seven]
Overall, the Senators have uncomplicated their depth chart and received what will probably be a marginal move up in the draft, in return for taking on cap space they don’t need and salary that should be 80% paid for by insurance. It’s not exactly a blockbuster, but it’s good across the board.
Later in the day Julien BriseBois explained the deal in his own words. [Lightning Twitter]
As Alex noted, goalies...so many goalies [Twitter]
I mean, this is the best kind of confusion a fan can have, but don't we have three NHL goalies, three AHL goalies, and an ECHL goalie now?— Alexandra (@Allovimo) July 30, 2019
Joe Smith examines some of the possible destinations for Louis Domingue now that there are so many netminders in the organization. [The Athletic - subscription required]
Colorado Avalanche: The Avs have No. 1 Philipp Grubauer under contract for two more years at $3.33 million AAV, but they have a very inexperienced backup in Pavel Francouz, whom they signed in May to a one-year deal. Francouz has two games of NHL experience, but the Avalanche are trusting that his strong AHL results can parlay into 20-some appearances this year behind Grubauer. But if Colorado wants to consider a veteran upgrade who can push Grubauer, Domingue could be a fit.
Followers of other teams weren’t so happy with the news.
Stop. Helping. The. Lightning. https://t.co/9BBL98QK14— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) July 30, 2019
Remember that big news from yesterday? The whole “locking up a franchise goaltender for a long time”? Well, Tyler Johnson was on the NHL network to talk about his big, goofy, tractor-driving goaltender. [The NHL Network Twitter]
"In practice, he really hurts your confidence... It's really nice when you can play on the same team as him."— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) July 30, 2019
The @TBLightning's @tjohnny09 reacts to the extension for Vasilevskiy and more with #NHLTonight: https://t.co/7LpwlF5oQw pic.twitter.com/XmmaDyvm3t
Don’t forget to cast your vote in the annual Top 25 Under 25. This is your chance to show your appreciation for the young guns in the organization. Yes, you’re even allowed to vote for Ben Thomas if you’d like. We won’t even judge you...much [Raw Charge]
With still two months to go before the new season begins, we have to pass the time here at the blog somehow. And what better way than arguing about ranking players with an arbitrary age cut off? Just like last year, we’re inviting you to help us in this endeavor.
The Crunch had to cancel one of their summer events. [Syracuse Crunch Twitter]
The Crunch went from having no goaltenders at the beginning of the month to having more than enough. With Scott Wedgewood leading the charge and Mike Condon poised to be his backup, experience won’t be a problem in net. [Syracuse.com]
The Lightning already wrapped a big present for the Crunch in the form of veteran free agent Scott Wedgewood, one of the best goalies in the AHL for Rochester last season. BriseBois indicated Condon will be No. 2 behind him.
Newest Bolt Nolan Foote is playing in the World Junior Showcase for Team Canada. He had himself a pretty good day. He had three points on the night including this goal.
Canada regains their two goal lead on a tally from Nolan Foote. He corrals a loose puck in the high slot, turns and fires and beats Wolf, who appears to be screened on the play. #WJSS #GoBolts #Flames pic.twitter.com/9pyQqB4X61— Stars n’ Stripes Hockey (@StarsStripesHKY) July 30, 2019
He also started this goal sequence with a nifty pass.
Canada extends their lead on a pretty pass from Nolan Foote. He finds Alex Lafreniere cross ice, who puts it on net and Kirby Dach is there to clean it up. #WJSS #GoBolts #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/bG059Rwm7H— Stars n’ Stripes Hockey (@StarsStripesHKY) July 30, 2019
“I feel very fortunate to have been a part of four amazing organizations over the last 15 years,” Kunitz said in a statement. “First and foremost, I’d like to sincerely thank the Anaheim Ducks, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks. Every one of these organizations was the ultimate example, not only to me, but to my children, on what true professionalism should be.”
“The reason for the termination is not any one big issue,” owner Craig Leipold said during a news conference at the team’s St. Paul headquarters. “Over a time, smaller issues just were building up and [I] ultimately decided that this was not a good fit. Our organization and our culture were a little different than the way Paul wanted to handle things. We just felt this was the time to do it, and we were going to move forward in a different direction
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