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Steve Yzerman is neatly sweeping through his restricted free agents this summer locking them up to new deals.
Alex Killorn will make $2.4 million next year and $2.7 million the next year, according to the Tampa Bay Times. This is what we call a bridge deal. It creates a buffer between Killorn’s entry level deal and hopefully gets him to a point where he can make or break, ideally for Killorn to cash in on a long-term deal.
Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat both inked three-year deals this spring, and it makes sense given they get the extra year and cash given their performance. Still gives the club time for them to over perform on an affordable contract before they could be knocking on the door for a lot of cash.
That leaves Andrej Sustr, JT Brown, Richard Panik, Keith Aulie, Mike Barberio, Anders Lindback and Crunch’s Brett Connolly to be taken care of for RFAs. Not even going to get into the UFA talks yet (cough, cough, Ryan Callahan).
You do wonder if the players can work magic for Yzerman and all perform at a championship level on mainly entry-level deals and bridge deals. Can only keep the band together so long in a cap world.
Hopefully we’ll see more killer out of Killorn this season. He put up 41 point in 82 games, but you feel like he has a higher ceiling than 17 goals, and certainly above a 20-goal plateau.
- Twitter and the Bolts blogosphere had to seek out truth in trade rumors. Raw Charge smartly looked at why Jason Spezza is not a fit for the Lightning in a lengthy post. I can boil it down to one big reason other that what they focused on: After seeing Bishop flourished in Tampa and Conacher flopping, Ottawa is not going to trade with the Bolts on a big transaction to let a divisional rival bury them even more. Still, he’s not worth it. Kyle Alexander | Raw Charge
- Jon Cooper, Ben Bishop, Dave Andreychuk wore sneakers with formal wear to raise money for a the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, which goes out and helps lobby to bring in big events like the Frozen Four. Ira Kaufman | Tampa Tribune
- Coach Cooper also calls into NHL Live to talk Jack Adams. NHL
- St. Petersburg resident and one-time Bolt Olie Kolzig is set to be replaced as the Washington Capitals goalie coach and is expected to be with the organization in another capacity allowing him to spend more time with family. Alex Prewitt | Washington Post
- Florida Everblades’ Brandon MacLean and Trevor Bruess won’t be back with the team they won the Kelly Cup with in 2012. Craig Handel | News-Press
- Orlando Solar Bears sign five players, including Brevard County native Ian Slater. Orlando Sentinel
- Bradenton native Nick Pastujov is on the prestigious USA Hockey National U-17 team, with players that include the son of former Caps GM George McPhee. His prospects bio also note he holds Russian citizenship as well. His brother Michael also played with him on the Honeybaked Ham midget team in Michigan.
- Estero native Chaise Howard drafted by NAHL team.
- Tampa native David Wong returns to Jr Everblades and Vermont teen Matty Cuce and Oldsmar native James Compton join the club.
- Junior hockey team Florida Eels have seven players who committed to NCAA schools.
- Davie resident Cody Dombrowski was offered a chance to play for junior team Detroit Fighting Irish. His parents will move to Detroit from Florida to be near both of their sons going through junior hockey. See, it’s not only Marty.