Alex Killorn cashes in (Lightning Links)

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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.

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Junior Jolts




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