Lightning Re-Sign Johan Holmqvist

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Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting the Lightning have re-signed goaltender Johan Holmqvist to a 1 year deal. The contract is reported to be worth $1 million dollars and will offer Holmqvist the opportunity to prove himself as a #1 netminder in the NHL with the potential of a greater payoff next summer if he does.

With Holmqvist locked up, the Lightning are in a better position from a practical standpoint to move Marc Denis and his near $2.86 million dollar cap hit, although the Lightning remain solid behind their contention that the team would be comfortable with keeping Denis and Holmqvist and young Karri Ramo in a three-way battle for jobs going into camp next season.

Still, it is impossible to escape the fact the Lightning are in the midst of an offseason where the front office has been tasked with trimming the budget and, at the same time, with finding a legitimate finisher to play on Brad Richards' wing. Those goals seem inconsistent with keeping a #2 or even #3 goaltender making just under $3 million dollars.

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Holmquist resigning

Good move... totally necessary. maybe the second most important move. But the most important move is getting Taylor out of the line-up. Let's not be fooled why he is waiting for the surgery; he plans to return. The scariest part is the coach might let it happen. Let's move on, I had enough of this Taylor facade last year- he totally hurts the team and the coach is oblivious the impact this has to the 3rd and 4th lines. If you were a player competing for ice time and you had to watch Taylor from the pressbox, what would you think about "earned ice time"?

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