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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- This, too, on (Tyler) Johnson and (Ondrej) Palat, both of whom are eminently movable before their respective no-trade clauses kick in next July 1:

Am I the only one envisioning both of them being part of the package the Lightning would offer the Islanders in exchange for John Tavares at some point this season if No. 91 remains unsigned?

I know the Islanders say (and likely believe) they are committed to riding out the entire season, if necessary, in order to get the captain under contract just the way the Lightning did through 2015-16 when Steven Stamkos was on the cusp of unrestricted free agency. And of course, the Tampa Bay organization’s patience was rewarded when their No. 91 agreed to an eight-year contract extension two days before he could have hit the open market....

- According to a well-placed source, there has been no communication between the NHL and NHLPA regarding the league’s anticipated ruling on which classes of players, exactly, will be barred from participating in the Olympics.

The league unlikely is to prohibit players in the NHL or AHL from going, but Sixth Avenue’s intentions are unclear regarding athletes under contract playing in Europe or in the Canadian junior leagues.

Slap Shots has been told the PA views this as a matter under which individual owners should be permitted to grant permission to their respective team’s players to go to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Indeed, the union would be expected to grieve or otherwise contest blanket prohibition of players under NHL contract from participating in the 2018 Games.

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Ondrej Palat Signs A Five-Year Extension With The Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Ondrej Palat to a five-year contract worth $5.3-million AAV, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Friday.

Palat, 26, skated in 75 games with the Lightning during the 2016-17 season, posting 17 goals and 52 points to go along with 39 penalty minutes. The Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic native ranked third on the Lightning for assists (35) and plus/minus (+8), fourth for points and tied for fourth for power-play goals with five. Palat's 19:07 average time on ice last season ranked second among all Lightning forwards.

The 6-foot, 188-pound forward has appeared in 307 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over the past five seasons, collecting 74 goals and 218 points to go along with 103 penalty minutes. Palat has also appeared in 46 Stanley Cup Playoff games, registering 14 goals and 29 points. During the Lightning's 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff run, Palat recorded eight goals and 16 points in 26 games, as the Lightning lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

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Tyler Johnson Signs A Seven-Year Contract In Tampa

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Tyler Johnson a seven-year contract worth $5-million AAV, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Johnson, 26, skated in 66 games with the Lightning during the 2016-17 season, recording 19 goals and 45 points to go along with 28 penalty minutes. He ranked tied for third on the Lightning for goals and fifth for points. Johnson also ranked third on the Bolts for power-play goals with six and was tied for fifth with three game-winning tallies. Johnson's 18:49 average time on ice last season ranked third among all Lightning forwards. He also led the Lightning for face-off wins (583) and face-offs taken (1,122).

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Chris Kunitz Signs With The Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent left wing Chris Kunitz to a one-year contract worth $2 million, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Kunitz, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, has played in 884 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers and Anaheim Ducks, recording 250 goals and 580 points with a plus-183 rating. He won his first Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007 before going on to win three more with Pittsburgh in 2009, 2016 and 2017. Kunitz was also named to the NHL's First All-Star Team in 2013. 

The 6-foot, 195-pound forward has played in 161 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, making him the Lightning's most experienced playoff performer (Girardi, 122). Kunitz has recorded 27 career postseason goals and 92 points. He has skated in 77 Stanley Cup Playoff games in the previous five seasons.

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Dan Girardi’s Deal With The Tampa Bay Lightning

Bought out by the NYR earlier this week.

 

 

added 1:32pm, Tampa release is below...

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A Reported Side Deal Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And Vegas Golden Knights

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Hearing the Lightning has a side deal with the Vegas Golden Knights to protect one or more of its young defensemen.

Those types of trades won't be announced until Wednesday, so details aren't available yet. GM Steve Yzerman neither confirmed nor denied whether he has a side deal.

"It's not something I'd share publicly at this time," Yzerman told the Times.

But it certainly makes sense for Tampa Bay to try to find a way to hold onto both Slater Koekkoek and Jake Dotchin, both of whom were left unprotected.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Extend Peter Budaj For Two Years

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Two Views On The Jonathan Drouin Trade

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

He might even turn out to be a very good player.

But it won't be for the Lightning.

And that's fine.

Au revoir, Jonathan, and don't let the Zamboni door hit you on the way out of town. Then again, if the Zamboni door is in the defensive end, there's no chance Drouin will be anywhere near it....

The Lightning traded an often moody, sometimes selfish, occasionally petulant, one-dimensional, streaky player for one who has a chance to become a top-pair defenseman — the rarest of NHL commodities and something the Lightning needs more than anything in this world.

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from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times,

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Jonathan Drouin Traded To The Montreal Canadiens

 

Tampa release is below...

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Like Most Teams, The Tampa Bay Lightning Are In Wait And See Mode

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

"The expansion draft is on everyone's mind right now," Yzerman said. "I'm not really sure what we'll be able to do. I've just got to be patient and see how things play out."

Vegas, which begins play next season, appears ready to deal, and it's likely the Golden Knights will have moves to announce this week once the Stanley Cup final is over. Vegas GM George McPhee told Canada's TSN TV network he's willing to take on some bad contracts of other teams and is looking to compile draft picks (the Lightning has two second-rounders at this year's June 23-24 amateur draft).

Yzerman said he has spoken with McPhee but isn't sure if he can work out a side deal, which would control what unprotected Lightning player is chosen in the expansion draft. But Tampa Bay could also make moves this week with teams that have a glut on defense (see: Ducks, Wild). The issue there is any player the Lightning would get in return would have to be on its expansion-draft protected list, which is due at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Yzerman could also make a move with Vegas in which the Golden Knights agree to take a certain team's defenseman in the expansion draft, then ship him to Tampa Bay in a separate deal.

"A lot of things are out of my control right now," Yzerman said. "I don't know what other teams are discussing with regard to expansion and Vegas. I know what I'd like to do, but we'll see how it plays out."

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