TAMPA - Tampa Bay did not make a big splash on the first day of NHL free agency.
But they sure did cause a big stir.
In one of the worst kept secrets around the league, the Lightning landed veteran defenseman Dan Girardi to a two-year contract that carries an annual salary cap hit of $3 million. Girardi, 33, was recently bought out of the final three years of his contract with the New York Rangers.
Another veteran, four-time Stanley Cup champion forward Chris Kunitz, was signed to a one-year contract for $2 million with bonus clauses that could pay him up to another $1 million.
Tampa Bay also...
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