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Not impossible for Lightning to add big piece after Kucherov extension

Not impossible for Lightning to add big piece after Kucherov extension
Published On: Wed, Jul 11
May 1, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (67) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against theTampa Bay Lightning during the third period in game two of the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Now that Nikita Kucherov is locked up, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman wasna€™t ready to rule out adding another big contract if the price is right.

a€œI dona€™t think ita€™s impossible,a€ Yzerman said on a Wednesday conference call. a€œBut if you just look at our one-way commitments for the following season, we still have cap space left for this year to add if we wanted. But if we were to bring in a significant contract we would have to make the money work so to speak, and going forward it would be the same situation beyond this year.a€

Of course, a significant addition could be that of Erik Karlsson and a potential extension that comes along with a trade thata€™s been rumored for weeks. Things appeared to heat up last week but has now seemingly cooled for the moment. But according to Yzerman, dona€™t believe what you read or hear.

a€œDespite what youa€™ve read or may have reported, ita€™s inaccurate,a€ he said.

Even without a Karlsson addition plus a max extension, the Lightninga€™s salary cap picture going forward is an interesting one. Yzerman has proven already he knows how to navigate tricky waters, and hea€™ll have to continue to do so next summer.

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