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A Seven-Year Deal For Nick Paul In Tampa

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Nick Paul to a seven-year contract worth 3.15-million AAV, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced.

Paul, 27, skated in 21 games for the Lightning during the regular season after joining the team prior to the trade deadline and recorded five goals, 14 points and a plus-four rating while winning 56 percent of his face-offs. Making his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in 2022, Paul played in all 23 postseason games for the Lightning, netting five goals, tied for fifth most on the Bolts, and tallying nine points. He scored his first two career playoff goals in Game 7 of a First Round series against Toronto to pace the Bolts’ 2-1 victory and clinch the series. Paul also scored twice in the Stanley Cup Final versus Colorado, including the game-winning goal in Game 3. The 6-foot-3, 224-pound Paul ranked third in the NHL for penalties drawn (9) and tied for fourth among NHL forwards for average shorthanded time on ice (2:57) during the 2022 Playoffs.

The Lightning acquired Paul on March 20, 2022 from Ottawa in exchange for forward Mathieu Joseph and Tampa Bay’s own fourth-round selection in the 2024 NHL Draft. Prior to joining Tampa Bay, Paul skated in 59 games for the Senators during the 2021-22 season, recording 11 goals and 18 points, ranking sixth on the Sens for goals. He set career highs for games (80), goals (16), assists (16), scoring (32 pts.), penalty minutes (39), power-play goals (2), shots (166) and blocked shots (56) between Tampa Bay and Ottawa in 2021-22.

Paul, a native of Mississauga, Ontario, was originally selected by Dallas in the fourth round, 101st overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft. He made his first NHL appearance February 16, 2016 with the Senators and spent parts of seven seasons in Ottawa before being traded to the Lightning. He’s notched 34 goals and 80 points in 248 career NHL games. 

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MurrayChadwick's avatar

WOW 3MM AAV for Paul, that’s a pretty friendly deal assuming he produces like he did for them.
Tampa is really going all in over the next 3 years, can not blame them.

I guess this means Palat is out, they Kilhorn above the cap as it is.

I’ve seen some rumor mongering about offloading McDonaugh, I think that might be a mistake, Sergachev is a RFA next year, and IMO was not very good in the playoffs.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 07/01/22 at 11:02 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

I guess this means Palat is out, they Kilhorn above the cap as it is.

Too bad JBB couldn’t send Killorn and Perry on a rocket into the Sun and keep Palat.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 07/01/22 at 12:09 PM ET

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Was really impressed with Paul in the playoffs, the grit, timely scoring, working the boards in the O zone—good for him. He is everything I wish we had in a player like Erne, but alas, Erne is no where near the player Paul is.

Posted by exor54 on 07/01/22 at 01:14 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Too bad JBB couldn’t send Killorn and Perry on a rocket into the Sun and keep Palat.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it’s on 07/01/22 at 12:09 PM ET

As is stands today, they are over the cap by Kilhorn’s salary, and Perry is the best bargain in the NHL at $1MM a season.  Getting rid of both of them, merely gets them cap compliant.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 07/01/22 at 02:34 PM ET

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As is stands today, they are over the cap by Kilhorn’s salary, and Perry is the best bargain in the NHL at $1MM a season.  Getting rid of both of them, merely gets them cap compliant.

Naturally I spew nonsense and you looked up the numbers. Nice work MC.

In any case….be interesting to see what JBB does.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 07/01/22 at 04:03 PM ET

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I’ve read Palat, Paul, and Rutta were priorities
(they likely felt they could afford).

And also heard rumors about McDonough possibly
being asked to approve a deal.

Still a very good player at thirty-three.
But four more years at 6.75M, and the NTC.

Would the Wings consider McDonough (and/or Killorn
who has one year left at 4.5M) and would McDonough
waive to come to Detroit, now that Lalonde’s been hired?
Would playing with Seider and tutoring Edvinsson and Johansson
appeal to McDonough, if the Wings had a real shot at the playoffs after a season or so?

Or would McDonough be an older but better Leddy who showed little enthusiasm and played down to circumstances?

Would there be a sweetener to give Tampa 11.5M to re-sign and retool?
Or would they want assets back? I could see a lot of teams in win-now mode wanting to add a player like that. But how many could make 6.75 X 4 fit on the cap?


McDonough

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/01/22 at 08:20 PM ET

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