After the fire sale that took place in the wee hours of the morning today, fans have been on edge all day long waiting to see what the Tampa Bay Lightning had in store for us next.
It turns out the Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman was not finished making moves.
The good news is, it was moves to retain players instead of trading them away.
Yzerman announced today via the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Official Site that the organization has extended qualifying offers to six current Lightning players.
Now, what does that mean, you may ask? That means that the six players the Lightning extended offers to today are players in which the Lightning will have the right of the first refusal or draft choice compensation should the player sign an offer sheet with another NHL team.
Here is a list of the Lightning players who received qualifying offers from the team.
|Lightning Players Receiving Qualifying Offers|
|RW||Brett Connolly||Syracuse Crunch|
|D||Dmitry Korobov||Syracuse Crunch|
|RW||Cody Kunyk||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|RW||Richard Panik||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|LW||Philippe Paradis||Syracuse Crunch|
|D||Andrej Sustr||Tampa Bay Lightning|
Now, this leaves four players that did not receive qualifying offers; defensemen Keith Aulie and Charles Landry, right wing Geoff Walker, and goaltender Anders Lindback. All of the players listed above will officially be free agents as of tomorrow and are free to sign with any team they so choose.
This is both my favorite and most hated time of the year. It is always exciting to see the team take shape and see what kind of amazing talent we’ll have on the ice next season; however, at the same time, it is always sad to see a player that you have been attached to for many years walk out of the arena for the final time.
In any case, I have a feeling that Yzerman has something big up his sleeve for tomorrow. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what it is.
What do you think Yzerman has up his sleeve for the opening day of the Free Agency period? Do you think he is going to aggressively pursue another defenseman, or will he be looking for a viable backup for Ben Bishop? Maybe even both? Let us know what you think in the comments below.