TAMPA — The Lightning have signed two of the three restricted free agents they made qualifying offers to on Monday.
Tampa Bay signed forward Alex Barre-Boulet to a three-year deal that carries an average annual value of $758,333, the team announced Friday. The first year of the contract is a two-way deal, and the second and third years are one-way.
Additionally, Tampa Bay traded forward Mitchell Stephens to Detroit for a sixth-round pick in the 2022 draft. Stephens had one assist in seven games with the Lightning this past season.
Barre-Boulet, 24, made his NHL debut this past season in late February at Carolina. He scored three goals in 15 games with the Lightning.
Most of Barre-Boulet’s playing time came on the top line with Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat, since Nikita Kucherov was recovering from hip surgery and Steven Stamkos was out with an injury.
Barre-Boulet played 10 games with the AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch this past season, contributing eight goals and four assists.
He went undrafted out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and was signed by the Lightning as a free agent in 2018.
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