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BRISEBOIS SAYS MOVES ARE COMING TO GET TB UNDER THE CAP WHILE KEEPING RFAS

The recent signing of defenseman Mikhail Sergachev to a new three-year-deal was definitely win by Tampa Bay Lightning GM Julien BriseBois. The annual cap hit of $4.8 million was much lower than many expected. However, BriseBois still has a lot of work to do as his team is now already $2 million over the cap with two big name restricted free agent left to sign.

Forward Anthony Cirelli and blueliner Erik Cernak remain without contracts, but BriseBois doesn't seem worried at all.

"Not keeping them was never something we would seriously consider," BriseBois told The Athletic's Joe Smith regarding the Lightning's remaining RFAs. "There's significant will on our end to make (new deals) happen. They're a big part of why I look at our organization and future with a lot of promise."

"I know I have to move players to make that happen, and I'm confident I'll be able to move the players to create cap space," BriseBois added. "There's a lot of progress being made. We're working on a bunch of different fronts, there's a lot of balls up in the air. Nothing has materialized yet."



The Lightning have been attempting to move Tyler Johnson since the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs came to an end. Ditching him would free up $5 million annually in cap space, but with just 31 points last season, it won't be an easy move to make. Tampa Bay will have to be willing to part with another asset in order to get a team to take on Johnson's salary.

TIM TUCKER
NOVEMBER 27, 2020  (19H15)
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