Author: Mike Halford

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Bolts sign energy guy McGinn to one-year, two-way deal


The Lightning added some forward depth on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with young journeyman forward Tye McGinn on a one-year, two-way deal.

Financial terms of the contract weren’t disclosed.

Just 24, McGinn has played in nearly 90 NHL contests and already been with three different organizations — after breaking in with Philly, he split last year between San Jose and Arizona, finishing with two goals and seven points in 51 games.

The middle of three hockey-playing McGinn brothers — the eldest, Jamie, is with Buffalo while the youngest, Brock, is in the Carolina organization — Tye should provide some size to the Bolts lineup, assuming he draws in.

There figures to be stiff competition at forward in Tampa next year, hence why McGinn’s deal is of the two-way variety. That said, at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, he could provide some grit and energy on the fourth line, possibly replicating the role Brenden Morrow filled last season.

Report: ‘Nothing more than preliminary discussions’ between Jets, Byfuglien


Here’s the latest from the Free Press on talks between Winnipeg and d-man Dustin Byfuglien, who’s set to become an unrestricted free agent next July:

Byfuglien, like [Andrew] Ladd, is also a pending UFA at the send of next season. According to the player’s agent, nothing more than preliminary discussions regarding the big defenseman have taken place.

Ladd is the No. 1 priority and must be the first domino to fall.

It’s expected that Ladd, the team’s captain, will likely get his desired extension (the Free Press figures it’ll be “north of $6 million” annually, and “in the range of $40 million” overall.) At 29 and coming off a career-high 62 points, he’s vitally important to the Jets and looks to be paid accordingly.

Which brings us to Byfuglien.

Though he’s coming off a stellar campaign of his own — 45 points in 69 games, an All-Star nod — Byfuglien plays on one of the NHL’s deepest bluelines. Tyler Myers (25 years old) and Jacob Trouba (21) represent the future, while Tobias Enstrom and Mark Stuart are locked in through 2018. All told, the Jets currently have 10 blueliners on NHL deals — Byfuglien, Myers, Trouba, Enstrom, Stuart, Grant Clitsome, Adam Pardy, Paul Postma and Ben Chiarot — and a pair of bright young prospects in Josh Morrissey and Jan Kostalek on the horizon.

So it’s fair to suggest something has to give.

Byfuglien’s heading into the last of a five-year, $26 million deal that pays $5.2M annually. Though he’s now officially on the wrong side of 30 — he’ll be 31 next March — Byfuglien likely still has high value across the league, and scored a handful of Norris votes this season.

So, the big question: If the Jets can’t afford to pay Byfuglien, especially after the Ladd extension, can they afford to let him hit free agency and lose an asset for nothing? GM Kevin Cheveldayoff already did that this summer with Michael Frolik, who flew the coop to sign in Calgary.

Can’t imagine Chevy wants that to happen again.

PHT Morning Skate: So, what happened to that Toronto expansion bid?


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Remember back in June, when GTA Sports & Entertainment CEO Graeme Roustan said he would “definitely” be making an expansion application? Well, it didn’t happen. “While we continue to focus on developing the GTA Centre, we were not able to complete the necessary work by the application deadline,” a spokesperson for GTA Sports & Entertainment said. “We hope that another such opportunity presents itself in the future.” (Toronto Sun)

The Blue Jackets put together an interesting, behind-the-scenes video of GM Jarmo Kekalainen working the phones at the 2015 NHL Draft table. (Columbus Blue Jackets)

Ex-Islanders bench boss Scott Gordon was introduced as the new head coach of Philly’s AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley on Monday. (

Troy Brouwer says “I’m not going to try and be Oshie.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Meet the three Korean players that participated in Dallas’ prospects camp. (