The Tampa Bay Lightning extended forward Brayden Point with an eight-year deal to conclude day 1 of free agency.
The first day of free agency was nothing short of eventful for the two-time Stanley Cup Champions, Tampa Bay Lightning. Given that the Lighting had little wiggle room for cap space entering the day, it was a pleasant surprise to see some of the moves that were made when all was said and done. Tampa concluded the first day of free agency with a move that came as no surprise to anyone: extending Brayden Point to a long-term deal. The point has amassed 310 points over 351 games played in five years for Tampa Bay. To say a long-term deal was in the cards for Tampa and Point would have been an obvious one at that. The deal which was first reported by Pierre LeBrun of TSN is stated to be $76M for eight years. This guarantees Point will be called the Amalie Arena home up until his 34th birthday.
The young winger has shown over the last few seasons that his play is worth every penny of the new deal, leading the team to back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships. GM Julien Brisebois cited Brayden Point as a “key contributor”, as one of many reasons for the extension. Now that Point has contracted, hockey fans should add some more respect to the forward’s name as he continues to prove why he is one of the best scorers in the league.
Brayden Point deal:
22-23: $9M ($3.5M salary, $5.5M SB)
23-24: $11.25M ($5M salary, $6.25 SB)
24-25: $12M ($5M salary, $7M SB)
25-26: $12M ($5M salary, $7M SB)
26-27: $9.75M ($4M salary, $5.75M SB)
27-28: $7.6M ($3M salary, $4.6M SB)
28-29 and 29-30: $7.2M ($3M salary, $4.2M SB)
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 28, 2021
Lightning, Elliot agrees to a one-year deal
The Lighting and veteran goaltender Brian Elliot agreed to a one-year deal worth $900,000 AAV. The 14-year veteran will primarily serve as the back-up goaltender to Conn Smythe Trophy winner Andrei Vasilevkiy. Elliot is coming off of a four-year tenure with the Flyers in which he accumulated a record of 65-38-14 with an SV% of .902. With this signing, the Bolts move on from Curtis McElhinney, who struggled in net during the 2020-2021 campaign. While the number of starts dipped, so did his save percentage. McElhinney finished the year with a .875 SV% in, while finishing with .907 SV% the prior year. Look for Elliot to appear in 32 to 35 games this year, with Vasilevskiy carrying a bulk of the starts in the net.
We have signed goaltender Brian Elliott to a one-year contract worth $900,000 AAV.
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) July 28, 2021
Bogosian, Lightning reunite with a three-year deal, $850,000 AAV
The Lightning did not have to go far to add some grit back into their roster. After spending a year up in Toronto, Zach Bogosian and the Lighting reached a deal to bring back the 6-foot-3 defenseman. The Lighting is in need of a physical defenseman who can through his weight around. Someone who can also fight for loose pucks along the boards. Bogosian first came to Tampa as a mid-season acquisition in 2019-2020. Bogosian and the Lighting would go on to win the Stanley Cup in the bubble in Edmonton. Look for Bogosian to initially be placed on the third line pairing with Mikhail Segachev to start the 2021-2022 season.
Tampa is expected to make more moves to bolster the bottom six with the departures of Coleman, Johnson, and Goodrow.