Fantasy impact of the Jones/Tanguay swap will be up tonight.
Great news for Chris Kunitz owners – a three year extension for the gritty winger to remain in Pittsburgh. He will make $3.85 million per season when the new deal kicks in.
Ottawa is going to be a team to watch for over the next week or two. They have a ton of cap space, a few roster holes, and a young and hungry team that is ready to take the next step. Briere? Lecavalier? The Senators should be in the mix for both of them.
Imagine these theoretical lines:
And that gives Ottawa a third line of Turris with Zibanejad. Do the Senators have a good shot at landing both of these guys? Doubtful. But they have a shot. A good team, Canadian market, lots of money, and the cap flexibility to pay them well for the next two, three, or four years.
Ottawa is really a team to watch for, thanks to masterful building by GM Bryan Murray and the rest of a very underrated front office staff.
So the Lightning have made a somewhat surprising move, electing to use one of their buyouts on Vinny Lecavalier. The move will cost the team $32 million over 14 years, but will bring with it significant cap savings. The Lightning will need to find a center somewhere, but this allows them to go out and make some moves this summer.
If nothing else happens there (not likely) – this is a huge opportunity for Tyler Johnson to center line two. I’d be shocked it that turns out to be the case, though. He may earn the gig, but the team won’t want to hand it to him.
Update: more on Lecavalier – he apparently has the right to say “no”