Kucherov, who is coming off a 30-goal season for which he was paid the modest sum of $700,000, could be looking at a deal close to what Filip Forsberg just signed with Nashville. The top-tier talent is deeper than in many recent years with Milan Lucic, Loui Eriksson, Brian Campbell and others available.
Still considered a rookie because he's only played 12 regular-season games over the course of two seasons, there is definitely room for the talented young defender on the now-thin blue-line (behind Victor Hedman and Stralman, that is).
The clear winners and losers in any player acquisition - by trade, free agency or drafting - only reveal themselves several years down the road.
Steven Stamkos was expected to be an exception this summer, cashing in on a sweepstakes for his services. Hedman will be with the Lightning for his prime years and his contract is most likely going to be over by the time he starts declining. The member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (2008) and Hockey Hall of Fame (2009) is already regarded as one of the great hockey players and leaders of all time.
The Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres are not in a position to be picky.
Tampa Bay has about $13 million in cap space for next season; the cap will be around $73 million. His plus-21 rating was a new career high.
In 2002, Steve Yzerman was among the catalysts in Team Canada's historic gold-medal victory at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in February and captain of the Stanley Cup-winning Detroit Red Wings in June.
"But I just remember when I was named captain, where we were at as a team". It's big decisions for both of us. Whatever deals they sign will add to the team's $45 million in payroll for 2017-18 and detract from what they can pay Johnson, Drouin and Palat.
The Bolts made it to the playoffs two years in a row.
The Bolts locked up defenseman Victor Hedman with an eight-year, $63-million deal to go along with Steven Stamkos's eight-year, $68-million deal. With the Crunch losing veterans Mike Angelidis (free agent) and Mike Blunden (two-year deal with the Senators), these signings help filled some voids, Yzerman said.
Amid all the off-ice distractions, as well as injuries to key players like Stamkos and Anton Stralman in the playoffs, the Lightning still managed to reach the Eastern Conference Final.
Here's to hoping that Yzerman doesn't make any more headlines this summer and stays the course.
Lucic was also lured to Edmonton in part because of his relationship with Chiarelli, who was his general manager when he played for the Boston Bruins.
"We want to keep a competitive group and have a competitive team, " Hedman said on a conference call Friday. "He was offered more money".