Lightning loses Marchessault, signs Bournival
Jonathan Marchessault has signed with the Panthers, a two-year deal at $750,000, per TSN.
That means the Lightning lost one of its unrestricted free agents. Marchessault's agent had said there was mutual interest between him and Tampa Bay. But it would seem that Marchessault could get more of a chance to play with the Panthers.
Marchessault, 26, was a pleasant surprise last season for the Lightning. After being one of the final cuts in camp and clearing waivers, Marchessault made an impact in an early-season callup. He had seven goals and 11 assists in 45 games, albeit a minus-10. His playing time dwindled in the playoffs, appearing in five games. In limbo most of the year, his family of four lived mostly out of a hotel before settling into an apartment in Brandon.
The Lightning did add to its depth in AHL Syracuse by signig left wing Michael Bournival, who spent last season with Montreal's AHL St. John's IceCaps.
Tampa Bay has yet to sign its restricted free agents Nikita Kucherov, Alex Killorn, Vladislav Namestnikov, Kristers Gudlevskis. Nothing appears imminent at this point, but we'll see as the day unfolds.