Tampa Bay Lightning Sign RFA Defenseman

The Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning will be bringing back one of their defensive pillars, as the team has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent, Mikhail Sergachev.

The champs had to get creative with the contract as they are under a serious cap crunch with both Anthony Cirelli and Erik Cernak left to sign. Expect to see some trades coming in Tampa Bay.

Sergachev is one of the best young defenseman in the league and at 22, still has great lengths to go as a player. Last season the native of Russia chipped in with 34 points in 70 games in the regular season and 10 more points during the Cup run.

Great news out of Tampa, but unfortunately somebody will be leaving soon....

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