TAMPA —With their stars signed to heavy promises and long-term monetary loyalty made of their younger core, the Lightning need to benefit from roster price after they see it to bring to stick salary-cap compliant.
So on Wednesday, they locked up defenseman Darren Raddysh during the 2025-26 season with a two-year extension usefulness a median annual price of $975,000. Raddysh, 27, was once slated to transform an unrestricted distant agent following the after season.
Raddysh has performed in simply 27 NHL video games, together with the postseason, however briefly has become a Lightning player development success story. The group was once Raddysh’s 3rd when it signed him to a two-way offer prior to the 2021-22 season, however it noticed enough quantity commitment throughout his first season at AHL Syracuse to produce some other two-way offer with him — that one for 2 seasons — latter summer season.
Referred to as up in early March, Raddysh performed in simply 17 regular-season video games however made an have an effect on briefly as a cast two-way, right-side defenseman, ultimately settling in along Mikhail Sergachev. In his latter eight-regular season video games, Raddysh averaged 19:04 of ice date.
The believe Raddysh briefly constructed was once revealed throughout his first postseason, when his 25:13 TOI ranked 2d at the group in the back of Sergachev.
The travel to spend money on Raddysh is similar to the only the Lightning made in January to extend rookie defenseman Nick Perbix for 2 extra years simply 29 video games into his NHL occupation (for a $1.125 million AAV). Each are examples of the group profiting from price walk in the park.
Raddysh’s extension additionally guarantees steadiness for the proper aspect of the group’s protection corps — a heavy query mark this date a 12 months in the past — for a minimum of the after two seasons. Perbix, a former sixth-round pick out, is signed thru 2024-25. Supremacy right-shot defenseman Erik Cernak enters the primary 12 months of an eight-year, $41.6 million extension with a $5.2 million AAV.
In alternative group information, ahead Austin Watson, 31, might be in Lightning camp on a certified tryout promise. A nine-year NHL veteran who had 9 objectives in 75 video games for the Senators latter season, Watson will compete for a bottom-six spot and may upload physicality and mins at the penalty shoot.
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