Brayden Point and the Tampa Bay Lightning have been in contact regarding a new contract, and general manager Julien BriseBois is confident that a deal will get done some time this offseason.
The 23-year-old forward can become a restricted free agent July 1.
"I met with Brayden Point's agent in Vancouver," BriseBois said. "As much as I'd like to get this done soon, and I'm sure they'd like to get this done soon, there's a process to these things and there's kind of a rhythm to the offseason. Teams eventually get eliminated, they do their postmortem, they do their amateur meetings, their pro meetings, combine, draft, now it's the window for free agents."
Point had an NHL career high in goals (41), assists (51) and points (92) in 79 games this season for Tampa Bay and has increased his total in each category in each of his first three NHL seasons.
But before the Lightning get a deal done with Point, they will look to address their restricted free agents who are eligible for salary arbitration.