Tampa Bay signed one of the biggest contracts in franchise history on Wednesday, retaining captain Steve Stamkos with an eight-year, $68 million extension. Now, for the aftermath. Facing serious cap concerns, the Bolts have elected to buy out the remainder of Matt Carle‘s contract, per Sportsnet. Carle, 31, was Tampa Bay’s highest-paid defenseman this season, despite only playing in 64 games (and just 14 playoff contests). Signed back in 2012 to a big six-year, $33 million deal — in hindsight, one of GM Steve Yzerman’s poorest contracts — Carle had a good first two years with the Lightning, but fell down the depth chart over the last two and was a liability defensively. In the postseason, he
Roberto Luongo is 37, the oldest starting goalie in the NHL. Al Montoya is a free agent, who wasn’t expected to be back. And that’s why the Florida Panthers just signed James Reimer to a five-year, $17 million contract. Reimer, 28, split last season between Toronto and San Jose. He finished with a .922 save percentage in 40 appearances. So expect Luongo to start fewer games next season. He started 60 in 2015-16, and that’s a lot for a goalie his age. The Panthers have also reportedly signed Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault to two-year deals.