After receiving some criticism the last couple of years the Tampa Bay Lightning got the job done this year and brought home the Stanley Cup.
A team stacked with talent always finding ways to stay under the salary cup.
Unfortunately for the team, they've run out of salary cap luck.
The Lightning currently have just $3million in salary cap space and need to sign restricted free agent forward Anthony Cirelli along with defensemen Mikhail Sergachev and Erik Cernak.
To make matters worse, pretty much any player with a significant cap hit has a full or modified no movement/trade clause and Tyler Johnson who's been willing to waive it doesn't seem to be garnering any interest.
That's why NHL insider Renaud Lavoie reports two blockbuster trades are coming soon so the Lightning can have their cap space figured out and RFA's re-signed before training camp.
“The Lightning is the team with the most problems right now. And it will cost the team dearly to fix this problem. What I'm told is that we think we'll be able to sort it out by the time the training camps start.
“But we know that we are probably going to have to part with two good players and that they will also have to give up something more. They will have to add draft picks or even young prospects to the package.”
Lavoie added that the New Jersey Devils are more than likely willing to take on some contracts.
“What I'm told when it comes to the Devils is that thy want to get a player 27 and under whose contract is still valid for a few seasons. The Devils’ problem, and it’s quite an important one, is that there aren't many players with a no-trade clause who want to go play in New Jersey. That’s the problem!”
We heard earlier in the offseason from Bob McKenzie that the team had asked Steven Stamkos for permission to shop him, however Stamkos refused to waive his full no movement clause for any team.
Who do you think is the most likely to get shipped out of town?