The Lightning and Point continue to work on a deal
- Lightning GM Julien BriseBois tells season ticket holders that contract negotiations with Brayden Point continue to be professional and that there is no animosity between the sides.
- He remains optimistic that deal will get done.
- Pierre LeBrun reported the Tampa Bay Lightning offered Brayden Point a three-year deal at $5.7 million per season.
- Mitch Marner‘s six-year, $10.893 million per contract may not have much of an impact on a Point deal.
- Over the course of the last three seasons, the Lightning have locked down core veteran players to long-term deals.
- This led the franchise to have the majority of their cap-space tied up in players that are either vital to Tampa Bay’s success or untradeable due to their contracts.
- This meant that by the time Point reached RFA status, the Lightning were already in a tough spot against the salary cap.
- Due to this, BriseBois was likely hoping to sign him to a relatively smaller bridge deal, similar to what Nikita Kucherov received before signing his eight-year, $76 million contract.
- If Point rightfully believes that he is worth more than a bridge deal, the Lightning may simply not be able to afford what his market value dictates.
- Even if they decided to break the bank and give him a $9-10 million extension, it would put the team into a new cap-hell for the 2020 offseason.
Source: EUGENE HELFRICK, The hockey Writers
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