Change alert : two signatures have just been announced and a surprise departure within the Lightning organization
BY ELIAS SEPTEMBER 9, 2023 (4:36 PM)
First, the Tampa Bay Lightning caused a surprise by deciding to release forward Josh Archibald.
Why is it a surprise? Simply because Tampa had just signed him (for two more seasons at that).
Here is the possible reason:
That's not all.
Player change in Tampa
A few seconds after releasing him, GM Julien BriseBois immediately replaced him with Tyler Motte. Interesting.
The Lightning signed Motte for the exact same amount that Archibald was earning.
It's as if Kent Hughes decided to release Joel Armia, and then go sign Tomas Tatar as a replacement (at 3.4 million dollars per season).
It's rare to see this, but that's what just happened in Tampa, as Motte will literally take Archibald's place in the lineup.
Motte, 28 years old, performed very well with the New York Rangers last season, collecting 10 points in 24 games (19 points in total in 2022-23).
Also note, in closing, the signing of Colin White with the Pittsburgh Penguins (professional tryout).
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