The second part of the giving offseason starts Friday with the beginning of the free-agent period, and teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning are taking names for their wish list. With buyouts adding to an already deep free-agent pool, the Lightning will have plenty of players to choose from and over $8.5 million in salary-cap space.
After the Bolts used one of the compliance buyouts on former captain Vincent Lecavalier (now with Philadelphia), they freed up some much-needed money. Drafting Jonathan Drouin with the third pick in this year’s draft, the Lightning focus on free agency to improve.
With a fairly complete roster, Tampa Bay has a short wish list in the 2013 offseason.