The Lightning locked up left wing Nick Paul for seven years at a $3.15 million annual average value on Friday.
Even after a few months, Nick Paul felt perfectly at home in Tampa. Will team chemistry and success work on the other free agents?
Paul, acquired before the trade deadline in March, turned heads in his short time in Tampa Bay, especially during the postseason.
The Tampa Bay defenseman has four years left on his deal that carries a salary-cap hit of $6.75 million.
After four seasons in Tampa Bay, the assistant will make his NHL head-coaching debut in Detroit.


  1. The Lightning locked up left wing Nick Paul for seven years at a $3.15 million annual average value on Friday.
  2. Nick Paul (20) controls the puck while being pursued by the Rangers' Filip Chytil (72) during the third period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.
  3. Forward Nick Paul and the Lightning are closing in on a multiyear agreement, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Thursday night, citing sources.
  4. Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog hoists the Stanley Cup and a flag of Sweden at a rally for the NHL champions Thursday in Denver.
  5. Former Lightning assistant coach Derek Lalonde, back, was hired Thursday as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings.
  6. The Lightning is working with veteran defenseman Ryan McDonagh to see if there’s a team he’d consider a trade to this offseason, SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Wednesday.
  7. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save on Florida Panthers center Carter Verhaeghe (23) as Jan Rutta (44) defends during Game 4 of their second-round playoff series in May at Amalie Arena.
  8. Defenseman Darren Raddysh (43) works to keep forward Gage Goncalves from in front of the net during training camp in September at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is pictured at left.
  9. Lightning players, from left, Steven Stamkos, Luke Schenn and Victor Hedman spray champagne while celebrating with the Stanley Cup during the 2020 boat parade in Tampa.
  10. This cannot be the end for Pat Maroon (14) Steven Stamkos (91) and Ondrej Palat (18). They fell two victories shy in the Stanley Cup final against Colorado, but there's enough left in the tank for the Lightning to make another run in 2023.
  11. Want to know how much Lightning forward Nick Paul likes being in Florida? Check out his hat.
  12. Lightning center Brayden Point addresses the media during exit interviews Tuesday at Amalie Arena.
  13. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy blocks a shot on goal during the second period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  14. Lightning right wing Corey Perry came out on the wrong end of the Stanley Cup final for the third consecutive season.
  15. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) chases down Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) in the first period of Game 6 on Sunday night.
  16. Tampa Bay Lightning players look as the Colorado Avalanche celebrate their Stanley Cup win after Game 6 on Sunday in Tampa.
  17. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) and center Steven Stamkos (91) console each other after losing the Stanley Cup final to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
  18. The Lightning and Avalanche shake hands after Colorado's 2-1 win in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  19. Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his first-period goal during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  20. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, center, watches the puck during the second period against the Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Sunday.
  21. The Colorado Avalanche celebrate their 2-1 win over the Lightning to win the Stanley Cup Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  22. Lightning center Brayden Point hasn't played since Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final against Colorado.
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