Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Lightning Come to Terms with Miller

The Tampa Bay Lightning got their biggest restricted free agent signed and locked in, before the free agency process really hit the ground, signing forward J.T. Miller to a 5-year, $26.25 million deal on Tuesday.

Miller was acquired from the New York Rangers with Ryan McDonagh at the trade deadline and really broke out of his shell upon his arrival with his new team.  In 19 games with the Lightning in the regular season, he finished with 18 points and then he was able to post 8 points in 17 games in the playoffs as well.

In the regular season, more importantly for our hockey pool needs, he finished with 23 goals and 58 points in 82 games between the Rangers and the Lightning, and that was good enough for 42nd among all forwards in scoring, ranking him in the 3rd round in a draft redo.  That's a damn fine season, for sure.

The Lightning still have some pretty good flexibility in their cap spending, as I currently have them with $5.8 million in cap space left with a 22-man roster, which includes Ryan Callahan at the moment and he's expected to start the season on the Injured Reserve, which should also aid the team in their budgetary needs.  So, if you're expecting the Lightning to be a big player this summer, it could still happen yet.\

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