Tampa Bay Lightning re-sign forward Tanner Jeannot to two-year deal


The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed restricted free agent Tanner Jeannot to a two-year contract extension, the club announced Saturday night.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman was the first to break the news of the impending deal with Jeannot on Saturday. Jeannot’s new contract carries a $2.665 million cap reached through the end of the 2024-25 season, when he will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

The Lightning originally acquired Jeannot from the Nashville Predators before the 2022 trade deadline in exchange for five draft picks (including a 2025 first-round selection) and defenseman Cal Foote.

Jeannot, 26, had six goals and 18 points in 76 games split between the Predators and the Lightning during the 2022-23 regular season. He hasn’t scored a point in three games with the Lightning in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Lightning were scheduled to attend a salary arbitration hearing with Jeannot on July 24.

Nashville originally signed Jeannot in 2018 as an undrafted free agent from the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. The six-foot-two, 208-pound left-winger notably played in the ECHL and AHL during the 2020-2021 season before making his NHL debut with the Predators the same year.

Jeannot seemingly came out of nowhere to register 24 goals and 41 points in 81 games as a rookie with the Predators during the 2021-22 regular season, during which he also racked up 130 penalty minutes. The Estevan, Saskatchewan product finished seventh in Calder Trophy voting after his stunning arrival on the NHL stage.

For much of his second campaign, Jeannot has struggled to recapture the magic he showcased in 2021-22. He scored just five goals and saw his shooting percentage drop from 19.4 as a rookie to 5.6 in his 56 games with the Predators before being traded.

In 176 career NHL games over three seasons with the Predators and Lightning, Jeannot had 35 goals, 66 points and 239 penalty minutes. He added two assists in 12 career playoff games with Nashville and Tampa Bay.

With Jeannot now under contract through 2025, the Lightning only have one RFA left to sign this summer: Simon Ryfors, a five-foot-ten forward who scored 59 points in 72 games as a 25-year-old with Syracuse Crunch of the AHL in 2022–23.


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