Julien BriseBois has been given a contract extension by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The general manager’s contract details are still unknown.
Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois has reportedly agreed to a contract extension with the NHL club.https://t.co/KYJeFL2xlO
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Julien BriseBois Extended By Lightning
BriseBois has seen his Bolts lift Lord Stanley’s trophy twice in the past two years. His work as the GM of the team played a massive part in getting those teams to that point. With only two players paid over $9 million a year, the team is both deep and talented. Perhaps the biggest score was signing Brayden Point to a massive deal, paying him $6.75 million a year through the 2029-30 season. It’s no secret Point is going to be a key part of their offence for years to come, so locking him up for cheap and long is critical to Tampa’s success. On the defensive end, Mikhail Sergachev is under Tampa contract through the 2023-24 season, where he will be an RFA. A seriously underrated defenceman, Sergachev could easily take top line minutes this season.
Looking Ahead for the Lightning
Extending Julien BriseBois is an absolute no-brainer for the organization. He’s created two championship-winning teams, and currently has one that is poised to be a serious threat in the Atlantic Division. BriseBois has no one to extend at the end of this season, but there are a few free agents looming in the near future. Ondrej Palat, a gritty yet talented forward, will want an extension at the end of next season. Currently paid $5.3 million a year, he’ll likely stay around that price range for his next contract.
In addition, Jan Rutta, Brian Elliott, Patrick Maroon, and Mathieu Joseph are all free agents at the end of the 2022-23 season as well. The success of the team over the next two seasons will determine which (if any) of these players will be given a new contract. But that’s a future issue for BriseBois to worry about.
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