LIGHT­NING

TAMPA BAY

The Hockey News - - NHL -

The Light­ning gave up a sig­nif­i­cant pack­age to ob­tain J.T. MILLER and Ryan McDon­agh at the trade dead­line. McDon­agh is signed through next sea­son, but Tampa Bay has to re­new Miller, a pend­ing RFA. GM Steve Yz­er­man’s big­gest task, how­ever, will be work­ing on an ex­ten­sion for Nikita Kucherov, some­thing that can be an­nounced af­ter July 1. Kucherov signed a three-year bridge deal in 2016 with a cap hit of just $4.8 mil­lion, which helped the team gain cap re­lief, but he won’t be as char­i­ta­ble this time around, par­tic­u­larly af­ter fin­ish­ing third in NHL scor­ing with 100 points. Any new deal won’t kick in un­til 2019-20, so the Bolts might want to get this done be­fore Kucherov goes out and lights it up again next sea­son.

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