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Tampa Bay Lightning signed Nicholas Paul (7 Years / $3,150,000 AAV)

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Jul. 1 at 9:54 a.m.
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Nicholas Paul has signed a new contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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SIGNED BY: Julien BriseBois
LENGTH: 7 YEARS
EXPIRY STATUS: UFA
SIGNING TEAM: Logo of the Tampa Bay LightningTampa Bay Lightning
VALUE: $22,050,000
C.H.% Tooltip: 3.82
SIGNING DATE: Jul. 1, 2022
SOURCE: CapFriendly

Nicholas Paul signed a 7 year, $22,050,000 contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jul. 1, 2022. The contract has a cap hit of $3,150,000.

SEASONCLAUSECAP HITTooltipAAV TooltipP. BONUSESTooltipS. BONUSESTooltipBASE SALARYTooltipTOTAL SALARYTooltipMINORS SALTooltip
2022-23NTC$3,150,000$3,150,000$0$3,400,000$750,000$4,150,000$4,150,000
2023-24NTC$3,150,000$3,150,000$0$2,000,000$2,150,000$4,150,000$4,150,000
2024-25NTC$3,150,000$3,150,000$0$0$3,250,000$3,250,000$3,250,000
2025-26NTC$3,150,000$3,150,000$0$0$3,000,000$3,000,000$3,000,000
2026-27M-NTC$3,150,000$3,150,000$0$1,000,000$1,500,000$2,500,000$2,500,000
2027-28M-NTC$3,150,000$3,150,000$0$1,000,000$1,500,000$2,500,000$2,500,000
2028-29M-NTC$3,150,000$3,150,000$0$1,000,000$1,500,000$2,500,000$2,500,000
TOTAL$22,050,000$22,050,000$0$8,400,000$13,650,000$22,050,000$22,050,000
CLAUSE DETAILS: Starting June 15, 2026 the player submits a 16 team no trade list.
Jul. 1 at 9:57 a.m.
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A lot of years for that much money. Right AAV but I thought it would be a shorter deal.
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Jul. 1 at 9:57 a.m.
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I'm surprised he's only 27. The term is not too bad then, considering what he brought to Tampa in the playoffs.
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Jul. 1 at 9:57 a.m.
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$3M will probably be high later in the contract, but cap is about to go up so it shouldn't be an issue.
Jul. 1 at 9:58 a.m.
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Great AAV, it’s long but overall not too bad if Paul starts to fall off towards the end. I like it.
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Jul. 1 at 9:58 a.m.
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Ooooofff that is a bad deal. You don't sign depth to term, ever.

CF users once again demonstrating a total lack of understanding in risk of term is pretty funny. This contract is awful and is extremely unlikely to age well in the near ish future let alone the next half decade +

Good for him though.
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Jul. 1 at 9:59 a.m.
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Seems similar to the Goodrow contract.

Smart for Paul. He'll be there as long as Kuch, Point and Vas at the very least. Giving himself a shot to win pretty well every year.

I think he left some money on the table, but good for him.
Jul. 1 at 10:01 a.m.
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Good player, but 7 years? I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this contract ages horribly
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Jul. 1 at 10:01 a.m.
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The report was “multi year” but I have to say I was not expecting this. Good AAV for what Paul brings so overall solid deal.
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Jul. 1 at 10:04 a.m.
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Worth every penny.

Congratulations Tampa.

Vote yes.
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Jul. 1 at 10:06 a.m.
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Like the value but that term is insane - luckily he's still only 27.
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Jul. 1 at 10:07 a.m.
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Ooooofff that is a bad deal. You don't sign depth to term, ever.

Good for him though.


I think the landscape is changing regarding these depth players. They are so crucial for a team that wants to contend. Coleman, Lowry, Laughton, Jarncrok, Goodrow, and now Paul are all guys that can play up and down the lineup and chip in on all situations. Even if in three or four years Paul becomes stapled to the fourth line, it's still a very reasonable cap hit. Tampa's window is now so sacrificing term for a lower AAV is necessary.
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Jul. 1 at 10:08 a.m.
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Good player, but 7 years? I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this contract ages horribly


I just realized my team signed JG Pageau to a 6 year, $30 million dollar deal. My comment is invalid now, carry on
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Jul. 1 at 10:09 a.m.
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On paper in a vacuum
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It's a very weird contract; it reminds me of the ones that NSH did for Jarnkrok and Sissons. The term is long, but it's fine given the cap hit.
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Jul. 1 at 10:10 a.m.
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I think the landscape is changing regarding these depth players. They are so crucial for a team that wants to contend. Coleman, Lowry, Laughton, Jarncrok, Goodrow, and now Paul are all guys that can play up and down the lineup and chip in on all situations. Even if in three or four years Paul becomes stapled to the fourth line, it's still a very reasonable cap hit. Tampa's window is now so sacrificing term for a lower AAV is necessary.


3 mil for a 4th liner is not only not crucial, but massively detrimental to a team.

You don't pay depth, and never to term. Tampa did both here. Notice how most of those contract you cited are awful already, and the one that isn't (coleman) is significantly better than Paul is
Jul. 1 at 10:10 a.m.
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maybe a bit long, but paul was good for TBL so im hoping this deal turns out well for them
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Jul. 1 at 10:14 a.m.
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Absolutely LOVE this for Paul Nick, former Ottowa Senator. So happy to see how far he's come. Remember watching him as he was starting to come into the league and absolutely losing my mind watching him yo yo back and forth while Guy Boucher continued trotting out his parade of losers in the bottom six. Paul had to overcome so much to get here and I'm so glad he's cashing in like this. What a sick player.


I will say I'm shocked the response to this is as positive as it has been. I was expecting a 4 year deal, in the 3.25-3.5mil range, so to see 7 years was a little shocking.
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Jul. 1 at 10:14 a.m.
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Jul. 1 at 10:16 a.m.
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I just realized my team signed JG Pageau to a 6 year, $30 million dollar deal. My comment is invalid now, carry on


You badmouthing the Honey Badger?
Jul. 1 at 10:17 a.m.
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Yikes. I like the player but that's looooong.

No full NTC though. Lol.
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Jul. 1 at 10:20 a.m.
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Quoting: Random2152
Ooooofff that is a bad deal. You don't sign depth to term, ever.

CF users once again demonstrating a total lack of understanding in risk of term is pretty funny. This contract is awful and is extremely unlikely to age well in the near ish future let alone the next half decade +

Good for him though.


Pretty condescending of you.
Jul. 1 at 10:28 a.m.
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Decent deal - it’s a win now, headache later deal - could exceed our expectations.
Jul. 1 at 10:29 a.m.
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Ooooofff that is a bad deal. You don't sign depth to term, ever.

CF users once again demonstrating a total lack of understanding in risk of term is pretty funny. This contract is awful and is extremely unlikely to age well in the near ish future let alone the next half decade +

Good for him though.


What’s funnier is paid professionals created the deal and believe it’s good. Too much ego on yah head for internet points.

Briesbois knows the deal is a headache by year 7.
Jul. 1 at 10:29 a.m.
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Quoting: phillyjabroni
I think the landscape is changing regarding these depth players. They are so crucial for a team that wants to contend. Coleman, Lowry, Laughton, Jarncrok, Goodrow, and now Paul are all guys that can play up and down the lineup and chip in on all situations. Even if in three or four years Paul becomes stapled to the fourth line, it's still a very reasonable cap hit. Tampa's window is now so sacrificing term for a lower AAV is necessary.


Would you say Kassian has a good AAV ? Is he worth the money now, probably. If he ends up being a 4th line staple, it’ll be an horrible contract. I voted no simply because this locks some longterm money for a role Tampa could afford getting for cheaper.
Jul. 1 at 10:34 a.m.
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I honestly don't understand the hate on this deal, even if it's 2 years too long, the cap hit isnt tremendous and by then the cap would be around 90M I would think, if not more. He was one of their better forwards in the playoffs and knocked out the leafs in game 7. 21 Games in the RS with TB and 14pts to show for it. I dont see him being a "depth guy" but really good potential to be a 2nd liner. If he plays 2-3 seasons with 55+pts, Big W
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