Reports: Lightning keep Point with 3-year deal
Another of the big restricted free agents is off the board with the Tampa Bay Lightning signing center Brayden Point to a three-year, $20.25 million deal -- according to multiple reports.
Like Mitch Marner, Point was in an interesting position heading into restricted free agency. He put up superstar numbers last season -- 41 goals, 92 points -- but he's on a team already paying stars and therefore with cap constraints.
Hart Trophy winner Nikita Kucherov carries a $9.5 million cap hit, captain Steven Stamkos is at $8.5 million and they have five more players over $5 million.
Marner plays on the same team as high-paid superstars Auston Matthews and John Tavares.
Marner, however, got a six-year deal with an annual average value of almost $11 million, while Point gets a bridge deal. Point will again be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights when this deal expires.
The 23-year-old Point has done everything he can to increase his value, going from 18 goals and 40 points his rookie year to 32 and 66 in 2017-18 to last year's big numbers that included a plus-27.
Point did only have one goal in the Lightning's shocking four-game sweep by Columbus in the first round of the playoffs.
Point had been playing on a three-year, entry-level deal with a $686,667 cap hit
Some of the big free agents still unsigned are Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor of the Jets, Mikko Rantanen of the Avs and Matthew Tkachuk of the Flames.
For the Tampa Bay Lightning, this offseason has been predominantly about one thing: Signing Brayden Point. The 23-year old RFA has been simply fantastic of late for the Bolts. He scored 41 goals and
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Brayden Point to a three-year, $20.25 million contract. The deal will carry an average annual value of $6.75 million for Point, who was a restricted free agent this summer. The
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