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Decision day for Lightning restricted free agents

30

June

The Lightning will decide by this afternoon whether to give qualifying offers to its remaining restricted free agents.

If not, the players will become unrestricted free agents Tuesday.

Tampa Bay has already signed several of its RFAs, with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat getting identical three-year, $10 million deals, wing Alex Killorn getting two years, $5.1 million and defenseman Mark Baberio getting one-year, $875,000.

We know that goalie Anders Lindback will not be given a qualifying offer, though the Lightning has kept the door open of bringing him back as a back-up. Wings Brett Connolly and Richard Panik have received qualifying offers, spots on the roster opened up with Sunday's trades of Teddy Purcell, Nate Thompson and B.J. Crombeen.

Of those remaining, defenseman Andrej Sustr is likely a lock to get a qualifying offer, a young developing right-handed shot. So are Dmitry Korobov and Cody Kunyk, with Philippe Paradis expected to be back. Less likely is defenseman Keith Aulie, whose playing time dwindled last season.

Should know more late this afternoon, will keep you posted.

[Last modified: Monday, June 30, 2014 11:25am]

    

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