While one Raddysh brother departed the Tampa Bay Lightning organization earlier this year, the other will be sticking around. Per CapFriendly, the team has extended defenseman Darren Raddysh on a two-year, two-way deal that carries a cap hit of $762,500. The 26-year-old older brother of now-Chicago Blackhawk Taylor Raddysh was a pending Group VI unrestricted free agent.
Raddysh’s deal earns him a guaranteed $350,000 each season. He made his NHL debut this season while the Lightning had some health issues on defense, going pointless in four NHL contests.
After winning the OHL championship in 2017 with the Erie Otters and being named the league’s defenseman of the year, it hasn’t been the smoothest professional career for Raddysh. He showed positive steps in the New York Rangers organization, notching 15 points in 24 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack during the 2020-21 season, but his numbers took a step back again in Syracuse in 2022. In 61 games, he had 25 points, but his defensive play was decent enough to work himself up the recall list for the Lightning. He’ll remain high on their minor-league depth chart for the time being.