Today, both the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers made key moves to each retain a key role player on their roster. Those two players are Jake Dotchin (Lightning) and Jesper Fast (Rangers).
First, the Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed bruising defender Jake Dotchin to a two-year deal worth a fair $1.6MM deal. He will make $812K per year.
Dotchin played a nice role this past season and looked really good when it came to defending and laying out opponents (85 hits). The 23-year old Canadian will have a bigger role this upcoming year after playing in 35 games (18:26 ATOI) near the end of the season. In those 35 games, he recorded a plus 10 and 11 assists. The youngster is still searching for his first NHL career goal.
Next, the New York Rangers retained a pivotal piece in Jesper Fast to a three-year deal worth $5.5MM, which will keep him in New York till he is 28.
Furthermore, the Sweden native played 68 games (six goals) for the Rangers this past season recording once again 20 or more points in a limited role. His role will increase, as Fast continues to prove he can be a solid two-way player in the rink. I believe Fast could join the 40-point mark if given a chance.
A friendly reminder, Fast excels in the checking department as he has recorded 329 hits in his career.
Finally, Fast was a priority, as the Rangers lost Oscar Lindberg (Golden Knights) and Derek Stephan (Coyotes).