Tampa Bay Lightning bring back Nick Paul for 2022-23 season and on
Ricky Gray | July 4, 2022
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The seven-year contract is worth $22.05m after making just $1.35m last season.
Now that the NHL has hit the offseason, we're likely to see some significant signings going forward. One of the most recent signings was the Tampa Bay Lightning bringing back Nick Paul.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Nick Paul to a seven-year, $22.05m contract. Earlier the Lightning noted that Paul was one of three players they were focused on resigning, the other two are forward Ondrej Palat and defenseman Jan Rutta.
Paul posted five goals and 14 points in 21 games to end the regular season, averaging 14:06 time on the ice and mostly played on the third line. He helped Tampa Bay win three series and go six games against the Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Finals.
He spent time on the second line as well and was a staple on coach Jon Cooper's penalty-kill unit and upgraded his on-ice time to 18:18.
In other news from the Lightning, the team traded defenseman Ryan McDonagh to the Nashville Predators.
Lightning GM Julien BriseBois said: "If we didn't live in a flat salary-cap world, it would never have crossed my mind to ask Ryan McDonagh to waive his no-trade clause because I would've been ecstatic to know that I had him under contract for four more years."
McDonagh played 71 games this season and tallied 26 points. He averaged 17 minutes and 50 seconds in ice time at 5-on-5 this season.
McDonagh said: "It's been an incredible five years. Looking forward to utilizing all the experience that I've had on the losing side and the winning side to hopefully do something special with the Nashville group."
McDonagh spent over four seasons with the Lightning after being traded to Tampa Bay by the Rangers in February 2018.