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J.T. Miller signs a 5-year deal with Tampa Bay Lightning

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Yzerman locks up Miller for five more years.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

There was some New York Rangers-related news today. Steve Yzerman, the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, re-signed pending restricted free agent J.T. Miller to a five-year deal with an AAV of $5.25 million.

According to Matt Cane’s Free Agent Prediction model, Miller was projected to cost just over $6 million a year if was signed a five-year deal. He will be the fourth-highest paid player on Tampa Bay next season, unless something dramatic happens in free agency.

Miller scored 18 points in 19 regular season games with Tampa Bay after being dealt from the Rangers in the Ryan McDonagh blockbuster. He followed that promising start with eight points in 17 postseason games for the Lightning. For the record, Miller scored 18 points in 40 playoff games for the Rangers.

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On July 1, 2019 three former Rangers on Tampa Bay’s current roster could become unrestricted free agents: McDonagh, Dan Girardi, and Anton Stralman. The year after that, Ryan Callahan’s current contract will expire.

So, what do you think? Did Yzerman get a good deal by signing the 25-year-old Miller for five years, $26.25 million?


All salary information courtesy of capfriendly.com