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Tampa Bay Lightning Sign RFA Forward To Contract Extension

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Tanner Jeannot has a new contract in place. After acquiring the player, he will remain in Tampa Bay for the next two years and will have an AAV of $2.665 million. This is a great day for him and the franchise.

Tanner Jeannot Signs Big Deal to Stay in Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Lightning went all in when acquiring Tanner Jeannot at the trade deadline. Recently hired Barry Trotz landed a major return for the young winger. An offer he could not pass up, Jeannot departed the Nashville Predators for the Sunshine State. He is the prototypical player Tampa likes in the lineup and why Tanner Jeannot has a new contract.

How This Benefits The Team

The Tanner Jeannot contract works for the team. When you give up the amount you did to acquire such a player, you reward him with a contract. The core of this team remains in place and the time to win is now. When you have guys like Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy, Victor Hedman and Brayden Point in the fold, it is time to keep the train chugging.

One key aspect of the lineup that thrived in winning the Cup was their physical third line. The entire line they had is gone, but the club has tried their best to replicate it. That is where Jeannot comes in and helps bring that element that was missing.

The Player That Got The Contract

After setting a career-high the year before, it was a tough go for Jeannot this season. The year prior Jeannot went on to score 24 goals and 41 points. However this year he only managed just six goals and 18 points. After finishing with a whopping 19.4% shooting percentage, it dropped drastically to 5.6%. However, Tampa Bay sees potential in his game. Jeannot is young and is physical and is not afraid of finishing his checks. He forechecks hard and is never afraid to go to high-danger areas. The price may have been steep, but it is a gamble worth taking.

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