Tampa Bay Lightning extend day Sean
While the Lighting’s primary focus must be on tying their Stanley Cup final series against the Colorado Avalanche, that hasn’t stopped their front office from doing some offseason work early. Today the Lightning announced that they have re-signed the defenseman Sean’s Day to a two-way, one-year contract. Per CapFriendly, the deal carries a $750,000 cap, $750,000 NHL salary, $200,000 AHL salary and $225,000 in total guarantees.
Day, 24, is perhaps best known for being one of the few players to achieve exceptional status in the Ontario Hockey League. As an “exceptional player,” Day joined an elite group of OHL players, including John Tavares, Connor McDavidand Aaron Ekblad. Unfortunately, Day didn’t live up to his outstanding billing. Although he was by no means a bad OHL player, he struggled to tell the difference until he got older and found himself on three different OHL teams during his career. five-year major junior career.
Day was drafted with the New York Rangers’ first pick in the 2016 draft, ranking 81st overall. The Rangers signed Day to his entry-level contract and, at the end of his OHL career, plugged him into their minor league system. He bounced between the AHL and ECHL levels for his first two professional seasons before his contract was terminated, he became a free agent and signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning. With Lightning affiliate the Syracuse Crunch, Day became an AHL regular and last season recorded his best year as a professional, scoring 40 points in 69 games. Day averaged just under 19 minutes on the ice per game, and his breakout year in the AHL led to his first call-up to the NHL. Day has played in two NHL games this year and averaged 10:43 on the ice per game.
Day’s one-year extension gives him the chance to stay at Syracuse and continue an upward-leaning career trajectory since the start of 2021-22. While he may never end up realizing the potential he held as a junior, he appears to be well on his way to carving out a reliable organizational depth role for one of the NHL’s top franchises.