It's no secret, the Tampa Bay Lightning are desperate to clear some salary cap space. 

After signing Mikhail Sergachev to his new contract the Lightning have zero cap space available but still need to sign restricted free agents Anthony Cirelli and Erik Cernak to new contracts. 

Their biggest problem is that about 90% of their starting roster has either no trade or no movement clauses. 

30 year old forward Tyler Johnson is the only player that has provided the team with a list of teams he'd accept a trade to so far however nobody is willing to take on his contract that carries an AAV of $5million through the 2023-24 season. 

What makes matters worse is that the NHL decided to go with a flat cap which makes salary dumps even harder this season. 

That's where an old friend comes in. 

Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman is reportedly willing to take on some salary for the Lightning and current GM Julien Brisebois according to Eric Duhatschek of the Athletic. 

It won't come cheap though as Yzermam is fully aware of the situation and ready to take advantage. 

Duhatschek adds that the likely deal will involve Johnson along with Alex Killorn, a first round pick and a prospect for some lower prospects and/or later draft picks. 

Killorn carries a modified no trade clause and has an AAV of $4.45million through the 2022-23 season. 

It's been made clear by various insiders that the Lightning will need to make at least 2-3 trades to get under the salary cap before the season starts and sign their RFA's, however this one trade could fix everything in one shot. 


Source: Eric Duhatschek The Athletic