It was a busy day for the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. No, Mikhail Sergachev and Anthony Cirelli haven’t re-signed yet and obviously it was very early to expect it on the opening day of the NHL free agency. However Julien BriseBois and his team took some steps to make it happen.
Just when the free agency window opened, the Lightning announced that Tyler Johnson was placed on waivers. Reportedly Johnson’s camp gave the Lightning a list of 7-8 teams, but the team wasn’t able to agree on a trade with any of them. Geo has a detailed breakdown of what could happen next [Raw Charge]
With Johnson being placed on waivers, now any team in the NHL can claim him without giving up any assets. It does mean the Lightning would get nothing back for him, but it also gets them out of his salary cap hit, which is ultimately what the team needs. If no one claims him though, then the Lightning are right back where they were today at 11:59am before they put him on waivers. There’s long enough before the season, that him having passed through waivers won’t mean anything by the time we get to opening night.
The Lightning also re-signed Pat Maroon and Luke Schenn. Maroon agreed on a two-year, $900,000 deal and Schenn signed a one-year, $800,000 worth contract. You can also learn more information on this deals from Geo’s article [Raw Charge]
Pat Maroon’s contract is for two years with a $900,000 salary cap hit. It’s the same cap hit as 2019-20, but gives him a couple years of security staying in Tampa Bay. In 64 games, playing on the fourth line and second power play, Maroon contributed nine goals and 23 points. He added a goal and six points in 25 playoff games. Maroon brought a certain attitude and edge to the bottom of the Lightning’s roster along with a chirping vocabulary to match.
The Lightning also tried to bring back Kevin Shattenkirk. Per Joe Smith he had been offered a three-year deal worth around $2 million AAV, but Shattenkirk’s camp had offers from other teams and eventually signed with the Anaheim Ducks to a three-year, $3.9M AAV deal.
Carter Verhaeghe is another departure. Yesterday he agreed on a two-year contract with the Florida Panthers, where he will obviously be given more TOI.
There was information that the Lightning are actively searching for a potential destination for Braydon Coburn, however the official talks between the Bolts and the defenseman’s camp haven’t started yet.
There’s been no conversations with veteran defenseman Braydon Coburn and his camp about a trade at this point. He’s got a full no-trade and one year left at $1.7 million AAV #tblightning— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) October 9, 2020
The Lightning didn’t forget about the Syracuse Crunch and added two players to its roster. They signed both defenseman Andreas Borgman and goaltender Chris Gibson to one-year, two-way contracts. Gibson had previously played for the Orlando Solar Bears, when the team was the Toronto Maple Leafs affiliate.
Around the League
Unlike the previous year NHL teams spent much less money on the opening day of free agency. The COVID-19 pandemic and a flat cap have definitely affected their spendings, however some interesting and questionable signings still happened
The #NHL's COVID-19 Crunch:— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 9, 2020
2019 #FreeAgentFrenzy: 197 signings, $600,085,000
2020 #FreeAgentFrenzy: 83 signings, $152,350,000
Deals given out: 28 one-year deals, 17 two-year deals, 5 three-year deals, no four or five-year deals, 1 six-year deal.
(through 6pm each day)
Matt Murray signed a four-year deal, worth $6.25M per year with the Ottawa Senators. The Sens still need to sign more deals to reach a cap floor, but six millions per year for a goaltender with .899 save percentage during the previous year seems like an overpayment.
With G Matt Murray signed for 4 years at a $6.25M average, we now show the Ottawa #Senators with $31.812M in projected cap space (10.512M below the floor) with a roster of 12 (3F-6D-3G-1IR)— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) October 9, 2020
Notable Pending RFAs:
F C. Brown
F Paulhttps://t.co/xIbYAuYoMJ pic.twitter.com/XYdqz91Ot1
The Washington Capitals officially announced signing of Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundquist.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 9, 2020
The Washington Capitals have agreed to terms with goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on a one-year contract worth $1.5 million.
Full Details: https://t.co/eAK3vBs8lq#ALLCAPS | @GEICO pic.twitter.com/OxLQD7tatw
Cam Talbot lands in Minnesota, it’s his fourth team in three years.
Corey Crowford agreed on a two-year deal with the New Jersey Devils
The St. Louis Blues officially moving on from Alex Pietrangelo and signed Torey Krug to a seven-year, $45.5 million deal
The Toronto Maple Leafs signed T.J. Brodie from the Calgary Flames, who is known mostly for his defensive part of the play, to a four-year deal. They also announced a signing of Wayne Simmonds who should be a solid addition to the Leafs second power-play unit.
TJ Brodie inked a four-year deal with the @MapleLeafs.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 9, 2020
He has 48-218—266 in 634 games since debuting in 2010-11. His six regular-season OT goals are tied with Flames captain Mark Giordano for the most among Calgary defensemen over that span. #NHLFreeAgency #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/Me3qwqtcda
The Oilers make their first signing, bringing in Kyle Turris. pic.twitter.com/H7ShaNTfkx— TSN (@TSN_Sports) October 9, 2020
The New York Rangers made probably the most questionable deal of the day, signing Jack Johnson to a one-year deal
After spending five seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Justin Schultz joins their main rival on a two-year deal.
NEWS | The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Justin Schultz to a two-year, $8 million contracthttps://t.co/ZfD73uX2Au— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 9, 2020
The Florida Panthers have been very active on a first day of free agency, despite Carter Verhaeghe, they signed another former Lightning player Radko Gudas and offered contracts to Alex Wennberg and Vinnie Hinostroza
After signing Gudas ($2.5M), Verhaeghe ($1M), Hinostroza ($1M) & Wennberg ($2.25M), the #FlaPanthers have $12.29M Projected Cap Space with 17 Players (9F/6D/2G)— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) October 9, 2020
RFA: Saarela, Weegarhttps://t.co/GhI9cNAPst
The Chicago Blackhawks lock Dominik Kubalik to two more years. Malcolm Subban has also re-signed with the team.
After spending ten years in the Ottawa Senators organization, Mark Borowiecki left Ottawa for the Nashville Predators, signing a two-year, $4 million contract. Nick Cousins also joins the Predators on a two-year deal.
Meanwhile the ECHL confirmed December 11 as a date of start for the 2020-21 season.
The Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill admitted that the new AHL season will not start before the NHL season starts
Jim Nill says AHL season will not start before the NHL season starts.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 9, 2020