Connolly, 22, was the Lightning’s 6th overall pick in the 2010 draft. He has 12 goals and 3 assists in 50 games this season.
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Coburn, 30, has 1 goal and 8 assists in 39 games this season. He has one more season left on his contract at a cap hit of $4.5 million.
The move is likely a precursor to the team upgrading their backup goaltending by having 20 year old Andrei Vasilevski take over Nabokov’s spot.
The Lightning’s signing of Nabokov this past summer was always a curious one. Nabokov, 39, was the starter for the Islanders, who placed 27th in the league in team save percentage in 2013-14. This season, Nabokov is 3-6-2 with a .882 SV% and a 3.15 GAA.
Both Drance and Gentille listed the Lightning and the Islanders as potential destinations, with names like Jonathan Drouin, Ryan Strome, Andrej Sustr and long-time Oiler favorite Griffin Reinhart coming back in return.
Drance also mentions the Columbus Blue Jackets, while Gentille suggests the Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins as possibilities.
Pierre Lebrun reports that the Lightning have retained 26% of Brewer’s $3,875,000 cap hit for 2014-15. Brewer’s contract is up after this season.
Bishop, 27, posted a 34-14-7 record last season along with five shutouts, a .924 save percentage, and a 2.23 goals against average which was good enough for a Vezina Trophy nomination.
The Lightning have struggled finding a consistent starter in their crease, but Bishop seems to have resolved that issue and should continue to develop into an elite goalie.
The Lightning have signed Brenden Morrow to a one-year deal:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced the signing of former #stlblues Brenden Morrow to a one-year contract.
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) July 11, 2014
Morrow, 35, recorded 13 goals and 12 assists in 71 games last season with the Blues.
Brian Boyle passed up more money from the Maple Leafs to sign a $6 million / 3 year deal with the Lightning, he tells the Tampa Bay Times.
Tampa Bay offered Boyle some familiarity, as ex-teammates Anton Stralman and Ryan Callahan had already landed there, and his new wife is from Orlando.