Tampa Bay Lightning extend Michael Eyssimont for two years
The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced today that they have re-signed forward Michael Eyssimont to a two-year contract extension worth $800k per season. Eyssimont was going to be a UFA on July 1st and was acquired from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Vladislav Namestnikov. He was previously a waiver claim from Winnipeg.
Credit goes to Eyssimont for finding a home and getting a multi-year one-way contract – the first of his career. The 26-year-old left winger from Colorado should comfortably have a fourth line job next year, with opportunities to move up to the third line. Eyssimont scored 6 goals and 17 points in 58 career NHL regular season and playoff games.
In terms of the Lightning's salary cap situation next year, having a near-league minimum deal in the bank at forward in May will help the team know where they can spend their money.
Ignoring the final year of Brent Seabrook's LTIR contract, the Lightning have $75.05 million on their cap sheet with a roster of 8 forwards, 7 defenders, and Andrei Vasilevskiy in net. We are not completely sure what the salary cap limit will be for next season as part of that number will be determined by playoff revenues, but projections are that it will go up by a million to $83.5 million. The reason the league gave for this is because the players association is still paying off their covid debt to the owners. A year from now the cap should start going up by a lot more.