July 11: The Lightning have officially announced the contract, confirming that it is a one-year, two-way deal.
July 10: Goaltender Maxime Lagace has decided not to test free agency next week. Instead, CapFriendly reports (Twitter link) that he has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal to remain with the Lightning. The deal pays $750K in the NHL, $250K in the minors, and has a total guarantee of $350K.
The 29-year-old joined Tampa Bay last summer after spending 2020-21 in Pittsburgh’s organization. He spent the bulk of the year as the starter with AHL Syracuse, posting a 2.31 GAA and a .910 SV% in 36 games. Lagace also got into a pair of games with the Lightning, making it the fourth time in the past five years that he has seen NHL action.
Lagace will be expected to reprise his role as the starter with the Crunch with Andrei Vasilevskiy and Brian Elliott holding down the top two spots with the big club. With the team parting ways with Amir Miftakhov earlier this summer, Lagace only has Hugo Alnefelt to split time with in the minors as things stand; Alexei Melnichuk is a restricted free agent that Tampa Bay will need to decide by 4 PM CT tomorrow whether or not to qualify him.