Palat probably was with the Lightning last year, but maybe not Stamkos’
Joe Smith from The Athletic: (Mailbag) It’s hard to imagine that Tampa Bay Lightning will be able to sign 30-year-old Ondrej Palat again after this season after his contract expires. He still has a year with $ 5.3 million. He might not get that much in the open market, but he would have to be willing to give the Lightning a huge deal so that he can return.
The Lightning seemed to have no problem signing RFAs Alex Barre-Boulet, Taylor Raddysh, Boris Katchouk and Cal Foote. Ross Colton has filed for pay arbitration and could be her third-line center next year or join alongside Anthony Cirelli and Alex Killorn.
Pat Maroon, Pierre Edouard Bellemare and Corey Perry could form the fourth row of the Lightning.
Brayden Point’s $ 9.5 million salary cap starting after the next season doesn’t mean Steven Stamkos is trading. Stamkos has no move and is under contract with a cap hit of $ 8.5 million through 2023-24. He controls where he plays. Pierre LeBrun reported that Stamkos didn’t say a final off-season when approached to forego his NMC.
Kessel won’t be an easy step and it will take a large supply for Dvorak
Craig Morgan from AZ Coyotes Insider: Multiple sources have said Phil Kessel’s warehouse may have requested a swap before the start of next season. There have been some thoughts that the Arizona Coyotes might keep it and then trade it at the NHL close of trading.
Kessel would be open to play for the Vegas Golden Knights, but they are not interested. There may not be much trade interest in Kettles
It would take a great supply like a couple of good prospects or a prospect and a first for the coyotes to trade Christian Dvorak. Interested teams could include the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, and Chicago Blackhawks.