To ascend up the ranks of the NHL ladder, free-agent signing is just as important as drafting the right prospects in the Entry Draft. Winning a Stanley Cup is not easy, and it takes the right formula of players to function together as one unit to be named World Champions. After looking at the worst five free-agent signings in Tampa Bay Lightning history, it’s time to dive into the best five. Each of these paid significant dividends on the ice. While not all of them jumped off the page upon their initial signing, each played their own role in etching their names into Lightning lore.
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