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TAMPA — Even coming off a Stanley Cup run with a roster seemingly set to remain almost completely intact for the upcoming season, the Lightning dipped into the free agency pool on Wednesday.
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TAMPA — An underwhelming free-agent crop leaves little for the Lightning, or any of the other 29 teams for that matter, to eye any sort of big prize.
The Hockey Hall of Fame has four new members this year, but former Tampa Bay Lightning camptain Dave Andreychuk is not one of them.
Mark Barberio, 25, a sixth-round pick in 2008 who spent the past two seasons with the Lightning, is not part of the team's future.
Restricted free agent Jonathan Marchessault re-signed a one-year, two-way contract while Brian Hart signed a three-year entry-level contract.
A year ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning draft was top heavy with defensemen. This year, they reversed the trend, going with forwards in five of their first six picks Saturday.
For the first time since Steve Yzerman took over as general manager for Tampa Bay, the Lightning did not make a pick in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft.
The business of preparing for the upcoming season officially gets under way with the NHL Entry Draft. The first round will be held tonight at BB&T Center in Sunrise starting at 7, with Tampa Bay holding the 28th overall pick.
TAMPA — The Lightning will open the defense of their Eastern Conference championship — and raise a banner to the Amalie Arena rafters — on Oct. 8 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
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