Jan 3, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) skates against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Tampa Bay Lightning won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

With Free Agency Looming, Many Bolts Remain Unsigned

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It has been over a month since the Tampa Bay Lightning were eliminated from the playoffs in disappointing fashion. Many thought that the Lightning would be proactive to try to sign as many of their own free agents as possible before free agency officially begins on July 1st, but that has not happened.

In fact only Tyler Johnson has signed a long term contract with the Lightning (3 years, $10 million) since the season ended in April.

Here is a list of the remaining Lightning free agents:

Restricted Free Agents Unrestricted Free Agents
Position Name Position Name
Left Wing Ondrej Palat Right Wing Ryan Callahan
Center Alex Killorn Center Tom Pyatt
Right Wing J.T. Brown Defenseman Sami Salo
Right Wing Richard Panik Defenseman Mike Kostka
Defenseman Andrej Sustr Defenseman Brian Lee
Defenseman Keith Aulie
Defenseman Mark Barberio
Goaltender Anders Lindback

 

With less than a month until free agency begins the Lightning have some work to do as many key parts to our team remain unsigned, most notably Ryan Callahan and Ondrej Palat.

Ondrej Palat lead the team in points with 59 and +/- at +32, he was also very good on the penalty kill. Ryan Callahan came in at the trade deadline for Martin St. Louis and had 11 points in 20 regular season games with the Bolts. He was also willing and eager to block shots and go to the corners to get the puck.

The Lightning have around $20 million left in cap room to try to sign all of our own free agents. That is a tall order for Steve Yzerman and the rest of his staff.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the next month before free agency officially begins on July 1st.

 

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Tags: NHL Free Agency Ondrej Palat Ryan Callahan Tampa Bay Lightning

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