At 26, his prime years are ahead of him — although goalies are voodoo, so that $9.5M could still end up looking bad. Otherwise, they’re lapping all but the quickest of their peers. Tampa Bay Lightning Schedule, Roster, News, and Rumors | Raw Charge, 2020 Stanley Cup Champions: Tampa Bay Lightning names on the Cup.

But, either way, free agency for the Lightning mainly boils down to finding scraps, and trying not to lose too many important players. After all, the Lightning feasted on old-school obsessions with size over skill and production. If you want a seventh-rounder, consider Ondrej Palat (208th in 2011). Old-school types feasted on a perceived lack of toughness when the Blue Jackets swept the Lightning. The Lightning really only started paying Vasilevskiy big money ($9.5M cap hit) this season. ET – NBC (livestream) That’s because, if you get it right and that goalie develops reasonably quickly, you can save money. He’d be an easy yes by the NHL, even though he only played in three playoff games. From Nikita Kucherov (58th in 2011) to Brayden Point (79th in 2014), the Lightning unearthed its top stars by looking below the 6-foot-mark. To criticize the Lightning blueprint, you really have to nitpick about some first-round misses. Warts and all, Kevin Shattenkirk has been a great value for Tampa Bay. Earlier on Friday, we broke down how the Dallas Stars were built by GM of the Year finalist Jim Nill. Again, though, the Lightning can feel the Stars’ pain in biffing a few first-rounders. ET on NBC: livestream), let’s reflect on how the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning put together playoff rosters. Game 4: Friday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m. Lightning Round: How are Lightning players doing in other leagues? With the season shortened, I wonder if the league will change it to “half of the team’s regular season games” which would be 35 games for the Lightning. Consider Ryan McDonagh the result of the more blockbuster-quality trades Tampa Bay sought as it was growing. They make things fun even when they’re not on the ice.

Game 2: Monday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m. Again, though: free agency is more an area of desperation than aspiration for GM Julien BriseBois. The other way to qualify, is for the team to request a waiver.

Of course, the Lightning got this far with Stamkos on the shelf, so they didn’t only live off of being in the right place, at the right time. Slater Koekkoek (10th, 2012), Jonathan Drouin (third, 2013), and Tony DeAngelo (19th, 2014) all ended up on other teams, with only Drouin netting the Lightning a big-time return in potential star defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. The only reason that Scott Wedgewood might make it on to the Cup, despite not playing a single minute of regular season or playoff hockey for the Lightning in 2019-20, is that he went into the bubble as the third goaltender. As mentioned before, Sergachev for Drouin was another tide-turning trade, and we’re still waiting to see the full impact.

Considering he played in seven playoff games, and played in over half of the team’s regular season games with 38, he’d likely also be an easy yes. TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Nikita Kucherov #86 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates his goal with teammates Steven Stamkos #91 and Erik Cernak #81 against the Toronto Maple Leafs … While the Stars are light with trading but heavier on free agency, the Lightning are generally the reverse. Factoring in all the Lightning’s bumps and bruises — not to mention the Stars’ stingy, exacting style — it wouldn’t be surprising if Tampa Bay leans on Coleman and Goodrow quite a bit during the 2020 Stanley Cup Final. Potential future Selke winner Anthony Cirelli slipped to 72nd in 2015. Even so, the supporting cast features significant trade additions, often at significant costs. They must love to jet ski.).

But either way, the Bolts paralleled the Red Wings dynasty era by finding diamonds in the rough. From Alex Killorn to Mathieu Joseph to Cedric Paquette, Tampa Bay outfitted its roster with draft picks. He may not have played in the playoffs, but he still sacrificed to be apart of the team in the bubble. Joseph didn’t make it into a playoff game, but he also is over the half games threshold with 37 games played. This is usually used for players that were injured and didn’t otherwise qualify, or contributed in a significant way without qualifying. ET – NBC (livestream) A Division of Vinik Sports Group. Lightning Round: New Possible 2021 NHL Divisions. During a time when teams were timid about picking goalies in the first round, the Lightning snatched Vasilevskiy at 19th overall. Game 3: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Paying a goalie that much also flies in the face of “smart money,” yet Vasilevskiy’s been an ace for the Lightning. How the Tampa Bay Lightning built a roster that reached the 2020 Stanley Cup Final Two huge first-round stars, but a sneaky-high number of misses The Lightning’s reputation for shrewd … Ignoring height when it came to Yanni Gourde and Tyler Johnson allowed the Bolts to unearth undrafted gems. Now, the important question.

What player’s names will go on the Cup? They were different. So, we’ll break the players down into each of those categories. James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. But the Lightning are where they are today because of what they did outside of the first round, and sometimes outside of the draft altogether. Lightning Round: Todd Richards leaves Tampa for Nashville, No, Nikita Nesterov isn’t coming back to Tampa, Lightning Round: Tampa Bay (still) haven’t started their offseason, Solar Bears Update: ECHL Releases Mini-Schedule. What player’s names will go on the Cup? Might that be enough for the NHL to agree to let his name be etched onto the Cup? The Lightning’s reputation for shrewd drafting is well-earned.

They were unique. (Even if they’ve basically been wizards at convincing stars to take less money. Yet, you kind of wonder if there’s a defensiveness there. Make sure you are representing your favorite team with uniquely designed selections and official Locker Room Series. At the very top, this team is built around draft picks such as Stamkos, Hedman, Kucherov, Point, and Vasilevskiy. THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING HAVE WON THE CUP! That also meant paying expensive premiums to land quality depth in Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow.

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