There has been no shortage of goalie moves out of Tampa lately. After signing young keepers Hugo Alnefelt and Amir Miftakhov to entry-level contracts on Saturday and Sunday respectively, the team has yet another name to their 2021-22 stable. CapFriendly reports that the Lightning have signed Spencer Martin to a one-year, two-way contract worth $800K. Martin was set to be a Group 6 unrestricted free agent this summer, but will instead stay in Tampa Bay on a new deal that represents a raise at the NHL and AHL levels.
Martin, 25, has not played in an NHL game since 2016-17 and yet his extension comes as almost no surprise. The Lightning had little choice; the team needed another goalie signed beyond this season to expose in this summer’s NHL Expansion Draft in order to protect all-world starter Andrei Vasilevskiy.