TAMPA — The Lightning continued their rush to get restricted free agents under contract Wednesday as training camp looms, re-signing forwards Mathieu Joseph and Alex Volkov to short-term, one-way contracts.
Joseph, 23, signed a two-year, $1.475 million deal, and Volkov, 23, received a one-year deal worth $700,000.
The pair split time between the Lightning and AHL Syracuse last season. Joseph played in 37 games with the Lightning, averaging 11:31 of ice time and getting four goals and three assists. As a rookie two seasons ago, he compiled 13 goals and 13 assists in 70 regular-season games.
Volkov saw action in nine games with the Lightning last season, recording one assist while averaging 10:16 of ice time as a rookie. He played 9:34 in the Stanley Cup-clinching Game 6 win over the Stars.
A one-way contract pays the player a set salary regardless of whether he plays in the NHL or the AHL.
The signings, along with those of restricted free-agent defensemen Mikhail Sergachev and Erik Cernak, put the Lightning about $7.6 million over the $81.5 million salary cap. They must get under the cap by the beginning of the season Jan. 13.
Forward Anthony Cirelli is the only remaining unsigned restricted free agent.
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