Five potential one year defenseman rentals for the Tampa Bay Lightning

Mar 7, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ian Cole (28) looks to shoot the puck against the Philadelphia Flyersin the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 7, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ian Cole (28) looks to shoot the puck against the Philadelphia Flyersin the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports /
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New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield (24) Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield (24) Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports /

Tampa Bay Lightning Rentals: Scott Mayfield

  • New York Islanders
  • Age – 30
  • 2022-23 Cap Hit: $1,450,000
  • 2022-23 Offensive Zone Start: 41%
  • 2022-23 Corsi Numbers: 49%

We’re going to ask the same question we asked in regards to whether or not the Tampa Bay Lightning should go after Jonathan Drouin.

Do you want to make a deal with the devil?

Scott Mayfield was the guy that shattered Kucherov’s ribs during the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals. Yet despite that incident, Mayfield isn’t as physical of a defenseman as one may think. He was only 70th among defensemen in hits during 5 v 5 play this past season.

Jack Johnson had more 5 v 5 hits.

However, his 118 shots during 5 v 5 play was tied for 32nd best among defensemen. His Corsi numbers were really good considering New York had him starting in his own zone a good chunk of the time.

He blocks a ton of shots and was tied for 15th in that category among defensemen.

His two big red flags are the 25 minor penalties he took, 5th most among defensemen, and his 59 giveaways were 11th most.

He’s coming off a five year deal that paid $1,450,000 per year.

He had 24 points last year, which is among the top 100 for defensemen and he was top 50 in points during 5 v 5 play.

Most of the guys around him in points are making at minimum $3,000,000.

It’s unlikely Tampa lands Mayfield as a one year rental, but he has enough drawbacks that his final number could land around $3,000,000. And if a three year deal for $3,000,000 was an option to land Mayfield, do the Lightning have enough tricks up their sleeve down the road to not have it come back and bite them?

They would have to make a deal with the devil to find out.

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