Tampa Bay Lightning Salary Cap Breakdown | Current Cap Space

The Tampa Bay Lightning are one of the most consistently successful franchises in the NHL. Their on-ice dominance extends beyond the regular season and into the playoffs, with two recent Stanley Cup titles. Understanding the Tampa Bay Lightning salary cap is key to figuring out how they manage to create such a successful roster year after year.

Lightning Cap Space & Key Contracts

The salary cap is a hard ceiling in the NHL, dictating the maximum amount a team can spend on player contracts in a given season. The Tampa Bay Lightning often find themselves tight against the cap, which requires strategic salary maneuvering and creative use of long-term injured reserve (LTIR).

Some of the largest contracts currently on the Lightning payroll include:

  • Nikita Kucherov: $9.5 million Average Annual Value (AAV)
  • Steven Stamkos: $8.5 million AAV
  • Brayden Point: $9.5 million AAV
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy: $9.5 million AAV

How the Lightning Create Cap Flexibility

The Tampa Bay Lightning have become masters of cap manipulation, often finding ways to remain competitive despite limited cap space. Some of their common strategies include:

  • LTIR: Players with significant injuries can be placed on LTIR, freeing up cap space to sign replacements.
  • Trading Draft Picks and Prospects: The Lightning trade away future assets to acquire established players with manageable cap hits
  • Internal Development: Tampa Bay excels at drafting and developing young players on cost-controlled entry-level contracts.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Salary Cap | Lightning Cap Space

Kucherov, Nikita "A"$9,500,000 $9,500,000 $9,500,000 $9,500,000 UFANMCRW30
Point, Brayden$9,500,000 $9,500,000 $9,500,000 $9,500,000 $9,500,000 $9,500,000 NMCC, RW27
Stamkos, Steven "C"$8,500,000 UFANMCLW, C33
Cirelli, Anthony$6,250,000 $6,250,000 $6,250,000 $6,250,000 $6,250,000 $6,250,000 C, LW26
Paul, Nicholas$3,150,000 $3,150,000 $3,150,000 $3,150,000 $3,150,000 $3,150,000 NTCC, LW28
Jeannot, Tanner$2,665,000 $2,665,000 UFARW, LW26
Sheary, Conor$2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 UFANTCLW, RW31
Hagel, Brandon$1,500,000 $6,500,000$6,500,000 $6,500,000 $6,500,000 $6,500,000 LW24
Archibald, Josh$800,000 $800,000 UFAM-NTCRW, LW30
Eyssimont, Michael$800,000 $800,000 UFARW, C26
Glendening, Luke$800,000 $800,000 UFAC, RW, LW34
Brown, Logan$775,000 RFAC, LW25
Barré-Boulet, Alex$758,333 UFARW, LW26
TOTAL$46,998,333 $41,965,000 $36,900,000 $34,900,000 $25,400,000 $25,400,000 28.2
Sergachev, Mikhail$8,500,000 $8,500,000 $8,500,000 $8,500,000 $8,500,000 $8,500,000 LD/RD25
Hedman, Victor "A"$7,875,000 $7,875,000 UFAM-NTCLD32
Cernak, Erik$5,200,000 $5,200,000 $5,200,000 $5,200,000 $5,200,000 $5,200,000 RD26
Perbix, Nick$1,125,000 $1,125,000 UFARD25
Bogosian, Zach$850,000 UFAM-NTCRD33
De Haan, Calvin$775,000 UFALD/RD32
Fleury, Haydn$762,500 UFALD/RD27
Raddysh, Darren$762,500 UFARD27
TOTAL$25,850,000 $22,700,000 $13,700,000 $13,700,000 $13,700,000 $13,700,000 28.4
Vasilevskiy, Andrei$9,500,000 $9,500,000 $9,500,000 $9,500,000 $9,500,000 UFANMCG29
Johansson, Jonas$775,000 $775,000 UFAG27
TOTAL$10,275,000 $10,275,000 $9,500,000 $9,500,000 $9,500,000 28
LONG-TERM INJURED RESERVE (1 - $6,875,000)2023-242024-252025-262026-272027-282028-29TERMSPOSAGE
Seabrook, Brent$6,875,000 UFAM-NTCRD38
TOTAL$6,875,000 38
BURIED PENALTY (1 - $250,000)2023-242024-252025-262026-272027-282028-29TERMSPOSAGE
Myers, Philippe$250,000 UFARD26
TOTAL$250,000 26
RETAINED SALARY (1)2023-242024-252025-262026-272027-282028-29
Maroon, Patrick$200,000
BUYOUT HISTORY (1)2023-242024-252025-262026-272027-282028-29
Lecavalier, Vincent$0 $0 $0 $0
TOTAL$0 $0 $0 $0
Cap Hit Statistics
 ROSTER & BURIED CAP HIT$90,248,333 $74,940,000 $60,100,000 $58,100,000 $48,600,000 $39,100,000
 DEAD CAP HIT$200,000 $0 $0 $0 --
 PROJECTED CAP HIT$90,448,333 $74,940,000 $60,100,000 $58,100,000 $48,600,000 $39,100,000
 SALARY CAP$83,500,000 $87,500,000 $92,000,000 $92,000,000 $92,000,000 $92,000,000
 PROJECTED CAP SPACE($6,948,333)$12,560,000 $31,900,000 $33,900,000 $43,400,000 $52,900,000


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