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.
Here is a list of the remaining Lightning free agents:
|Restricted Free Agents||Unrestricted Free Agents|
|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|
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.