With the Stanley Cup Finals in full swing, the 28 teams that aren’t participating are anxiously awaiting the fast approaching free-agency period. Free agency starts July 5 and, for teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning, it will be a tricky and crucial time to improve.
With the lower salary cap ($64.3 million), the Lightning don’t have much room to work with. With nearly $62 million in cap payroll already handed out, the checkbook will be awfully tight this offseason.
General manager Steve Yzerman will have some difficult questions to ask. How can he improve a team that finished 28th last season with just over $2 million to spend?
Assuming a signing would also mean the release or trade of additional funds, here is a list of five ideal free-agent targets for Tampa Bay.
All numbers are provided by CapGeek.com.