TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Lightning will compete for a third consecutive Stanley Cup title next season and remain a contender in the future, but there likely will be roster changes because of the NHL salary cap and the upcoming expansion draft, general manager Julien BriseBois said Tuesday.
“We have a Stanley Cup-winning roster and our challenge to maintaining that roster is the salary cap,” BriseBois said. “So we’re going to have to get creative.”
Forwards Anthony Cirelli, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos; defensemen Erik Cernak, Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh and Mikhail Sergachev; and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy are likely to stay (all but Point are signed for multiple seasons).
Forwards Tyler Johnson, Yanni Gourde, Ondrej Palat and Alex Killorn are the most likely candidates to be traded for salary cap purposes. Johnson, who will turn 31 on July 29, has three seasons remaining on his contract with a $5 million average annual value; Gourde, 29, has four seasons left at $5.166 million annually; Palat, 30, has one season remaining at $5.3 million annually; and Killorn, 31, has two seasons left at $4.45 million annually.
Forwards Blake Coleman, 29, and Barclay Goodrow, 28, and defensemen David Savard, 30, and Luke Schenn, 31, are among the Lightning unrestricted free agents.
The salary cap will remain at $81.5 million next season.
“The reality is as much as I would like to bring this team back exactly as is, and I would have faith they’re going to have a lot of success, the reality is we won’t be able to do that,” BriseBois said. “Mostly because of the cap, to a certain extent because there is an expansion draft coming up.
“Today I can’t tell you who won’t be coming back, which players won’t be coming back, because I don’t know for sure. But I know whoever won’t be coming back I will miss having them on our team.”
Coleman scored 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) in 55 regular-season games and 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games this season. Goodrow scored 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 55 regular-season games and six points (two goals, four assists) in 18 playoff games.
“It’s going to be challenging,” BriseBois said. “The reality is that those two players have earned substantial raises and we might not be in a position to be the one that gives it to them.”
The Lightning will also have to work out a contract with restricted free agent forwards Ross Colton and Alex Barre-Boulet, each 24. Colton scored in the 1-0 win in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Montreal Canadiens that ended the series. He scored 12 points (nine goals, three assists) in 30 regular-season games as a rookie and six points (four games, two assists) in 23 playoff games. Barre-Boulet scored three goals in 15 regular-season games and did not play in the playoffs.
Of more immediate concern to BriseBois is which players the Lightning will protect in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck for the Seattle Kraken on July 21.
The Kraken will pick one player from each team, excluding the Vegas Golden Knights, for a total of 30. Each team can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie; or eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goalie. Teams must submit their list of protected players by July 17.
BriseBois said he has spoken with Seattle about potential deals that could dictate who the Kraken would select from the Lightning in the expansion draft.
“The Seattle situation, it adds a nice wrinkle to our challenge this offseason,” BriseBois said. “Will there be deals before that? I would think there might be. We may be one of those teams, maybe not.”
BriseBois said he expects this to be a more active offseason in the NHL.
“There’s a lot of reasons why teams weren’t as eager to acquire players last offseason,” BriseBois said. “I think now we’re in a better place leaguewide. Looking into the future, I expect we’re going to be up and running back to normal by the fall. The sense I’ve gotten the last few days and spending a lot of time on the phone is that there’s an appetite to add players.”
Montreal Canadiens owner supports Logan Mailloux pick, also apologizes for not assessing impact – ESPN Australia
“We gave Logan a second chance, but in doing so we failed to properly assess the impact of our decision on the victim and on anyone who have suffered in similar circumstances. Once again, I want to apologize to everyone impacted by our decision,” Molson said in a letter posted to the Canadiens’ website Wednesday. “I repeat, our actions will speak louder than our words. We will work to continue proving we are an organization this community and our fans can be proud of.”
Mailloux, 18, had “renounced” himself from the draft after multiple news reports covered an incident in Sweden in which he showed teammates a photo that depicted him and a woman engaged in a consensual sexual act. The photo was taken without the consent of the woman, who went to local police. Mailloux was fined but not arrested for invasion of privacy and defamation.
While sources indicated to ESPN that multiple NHL teams were considering taking him on the second day of the draft, Montreal selected him 30th in the first round. The next day, Mailloux said he accepted the Canadiens having drafted him and thought the team could help with his “betterment” as a person.
The decision sparked immediate backlash from fans and media, and eventually led to a handful of sponsors questioning their commitments to the franchise for next season. On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “as a lifelong Habs fan, I am deeply disappointed by the decision” and that the team has “a lot of explaining to do to Montrealers and fans right across the country.”
Molson, who released his letter at the start of the NHL’s free-agent period Wednesday afternoon, specifically addressed the woman.
“I want to say that we do not minimize what she has had to, and continues to have to, live through. No one, especially not an 18-year-old, should have to suffer through a traumatic experience like this. We are there to support her and her family and respect their privacy,” he said. “Our selection of Logan was never intended to be disrespectful towards her or her family, or more generally towards women or other victims of similar situations. Our decision was not intended, in any shape or form, to be an endorsement of the culture of violence against women.”
Molson said that Mailloux is “a young man who committed a serious transgression” but one who is “genuinely remorseful about the pain he has caused” and “committed to becoming a better person and we will work with him through this process.”
The letter spelled out how the Canadiens are preparing to handle Mailloux as a prospect. He will not participate in the Canadiens’ rookie development camp or training camp.
“Being a player in the NHL is a privilege that is earned — not a right that is granted. As the year progresses, we will reassess Logan’s readiness to be part of our organization,” he said.
In addition, the team will develop a plan to raise awareness and educate young men and young women about “this serious issue,” using the team’s resources to “turn a decision that hurt many people into one that brings meaningful and impactful change.”
Olympic champion Simone Biles withdraws from Tokyo all-around event – Sportsnet.ca
TOKYO — Simone Biles will not defend her Olympic title.
The American gymnastics superstar withdrew from Thursday’s all-around competition to focus on her mental well-being.
USA Gymnastics said in a statement on Wednesday that the 24-year-old is opting to not compete. The decision comes a day after Biles removed herself from the team final following one rotation because she felt she wasn’t mentally ready.
After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition. We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many. pic.twitter.com/6ILdtSQF7o
— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 28, 2021
Jade Carey, who finished ninth in qualifying, will take Biles’ place in the all-around. Carey initially did not qualify because she was the third-ranking American behind Biles and Sunisa Lee. International Gymnastics Federation rules limit countries to two athletes per event in the finals.
The organization said Biles will be evaluated daily before deciding if she will participate in next week’s individual events. Biles qualified for the finals on all four apparatuses, something she didn’t even do during her five-medal haul in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The 24-year-old came to Tokyo as arguably the face of the Games following the retirement of swimmer Michael Phelps and sprinter Usain Bolt. She topped qualifying on Sunday despite piling up mandatory deductions on vault, floor and beam following shaky dismounts.
She posted on social media on Monday that she felt the weight of the world on her shoulders. The weight became too heavy after vaulting during team finals. She lost herself in mid-air and completed 1 1/2 twists instead of 2 1/2. She consulted with U.S. team doctor Marcia Faustin before walking off the field of play.
When she returned, she took off her bar grips, hugged teammates Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum and Jordan Chiles and turned into the team’s head cheerleader as the U.S. claimed silver behind the Russian Olympic Committee.
“Once I came out here (to compete), I was like, ‘No mental is, not there so I just need to let the girls do it and focus on myself,’” Biles said following the medal ceremony.
The decision opens the door wide open for the all-around, a title that was long considered a foregone conclusion. Rebeca Andrade of Brazil finished second to Biles during qualifying, followed by Lee and Russians Angelina Melnikova and Vladislava Urazova. The four were separated by three-tenths of a point on Sunday.
Carey now finds herself in the final, capping a remarkable journey for the 21-year-old from Phoenix. She spent two years traveling the globe in an effort to pile up enough points on the World Cup circuit to earn an individual nominative spot, meaning she would be in the Olympics but technically not be part of the four-woman U.S. team.
Carey posted the second-best score on vault and the third-best on floor during qualifying, earning trips to the event finals in the process. Now she finds herself competing for an all-around medal while replacing the athlete considered the greatest of all-time in the sport.
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- Gymnastics: Decorated gymnast Simone Biles has withdrawn from the individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics, a day after she pulled out of the team event, putting a sharp focus on mental health at the Games. Canadian gymnast Ellie Black is also out of the final with a sprained ankle.
- Swimming: Penny Oleksiak swam to her sixth Olympic medal yesterday – the most ever won by a Canadian athlete at the Summer Olympics. This puts her among the ranks of speedskater Cindy Klassen and cyclist and speedskater Clara Hughes, who also have six Olympic medals each. As the Globe’s Cathal Kelly writes from Tokyo, she shows up when it matters, and that’s why she’s Canada’s greatest summer Olympian.
- Boxing: Canadian boxer Tammara Thibeault will advance in the women’s middleweight boxing event after winning her bout against Nadezhda Ryabets of Kazakhstan by split decision last night. Canadian Caroline Veyre lost in her featherweight quarter-final bout against Italian Irma Testa.
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- COVID-19 surge: Governors of three prefectures near Tokyo are likely to ask the government to declare states of emergency for their regions, media said on Wednesday, after COVID-19 infections spiked to a record high in the Japanese capital. Tokyo recorded 3,177 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, a new record for the second day in a row. The total of Olympics-related COVID-19 cases since July 1 has risen to 169.
- Food waste: Olympic organizers have apologized for ordering too much food for their staff during the opening ceremony and letting it go to waste. Videos of trucks carting off boxes of uneaten food went viral online, forcing the apology.
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- Rowing: Jessica Sevick and Gabrielle Smith missed the podium finishing sixth in women’s double sculls after posting the fourth-fastest time in the semifinals.
- Volleyball: Canada’s men’s volleyball team beat Iran in straight sets in its first game of the Olympics.
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Simone Biles’ legacy may be her courage to look after herself, not the IOC
After experiencing what she called “demons” leading into and during Tuesday’s team competition, superstar gymnast Simone Biles pulled herself. In choosing her mental health over more gold medals, a superstar American gymnast is showing other athletes how much power they have to stand up to the athletic-industrial complex.
Reminder: Before and after the Olympics, women’s sports coverage is lacking
John Doyle: “I’m here to offer you a periodic reminder – before and after the Olympics, women’s sports get less attention than they merit. We will cheer on, or even worship, our women athletes now. Their accomplishments will lift the spirits of a nation and inspire young women to devote themselves to a sport. Then, afterwards, the achievement will become a memory and the activities will barely feature in media coverage, especially on television. This has to stop.”
Tokyo Olympic events to watch tomorrow, July 29
- Swimming: Penny Oleksiak of Canada swims for gold at the women’s 100 m freestyle event.
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