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Lightning sign Raddysh, Katchouk to three-year deals

Plus, Tampa Bay trades goaltender Spencer Martin to Vancouver.
Boris Katchouk (41), battles for the puck with defenseman Devante Stephens (58), left, and Jimmy Huntington (47) during the Lightning's Blue vs White scrimmage in January at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon.
Boris Katchouk (41), battles for the puck with defenseman Devante Stephens (58), left, and Jimmy Huntington (47) during the Lightning's Blue vs White scrimmage in January at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jul. 31
Updated Jul. 31

TAMPA — One by one, the Lightning are making progress on signing their remaining free agents.

The franchise took two steps forward Saturday afternoon when it announced it had signed forwards Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk to three-year contracts that each carry an average annual value of $758,333. The first year of their contracts is a two-way deal; the second and third years are one-way.

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In addition, the Lightning sent goaltender Spencer Martin to Vancouver for future considerations. Martin, 26 hasn’t played in an NHL game since 2016-17 in Colorado. He was on the taxi squad for most of the past season and was set to make $750,000, hitting unrestricted free agency in 2022-23.

Ondrej Palat scores a goal against goaltender Spencer Martin during practice in 2020 at Amalie Arena .
Ondrej Palat scores a goal against goaltender Spencer Martin during practice in 2020 at Amalie Arena . [ JONAH HINEBAUGH | Times ]

Forward Alex Barre-Boulet signed the same contract on Friday. With the Raddysh and Katchouk deals, only forward Ross Colton and defenseman Sean Day remain unsigned from the list of players to whom the Lightning issued qualifying offers on Monday.

Tampa Bay signed defenseman Cal Foote and forward Otto Somppi earlier in the week.

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Raddysh and Katchouk have yet to make their NHL debuts but showed promise during this past season’s training camp and on the taxi squad, often skating apart from the veteran squad and among the healthy scratches.

Katchouk, 23, played in 29 games at AHL Syracuse this past season, leading his team with 34 points (11 goals and 23 assists). The 2016 second-round pick (44th overall) has been making strong impressions on coaches and management since 2018.

Raddysh, 23, was second on the Crunch in points with 29 (12 goals and 17 assists) in 27 games. He was drafted in the second round in 2016, 58th overall.

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.

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