McKenzie: Lightning, Point to wait on extension talks

With eight points in eight games, Brayden Point continues to make a strong financial case for his second NHL contract.

The 22-year-old center had 66 points for the Tampa Bay Lightning last season and has picked right up where he left off last season.

During a Wednesday evening NBCSN appearance during which he examined the potential contract timeline for Colorado Avalanche star Mikko Rantanen, who is also in the final year of his entry-level pact, Bob McKenzie was asked for his thoughts on Brayden Point’s contract scenario.

“You’re right, it’s exactly the same situation,” agreed McKenzie. “Brayden Point was fantastic last year. Now, he didn’t have 80-plus points, but he did have 60-plus, and really shot the lights out for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“And when you get a guy like this that wasn’t a first-round pick, wasn’t a first-round pick at all, and he starts to generate the kind of offense Brayden Point has given the Tampa Bay Lighting… you look at Kucherov making $9.5 million starting next season. You look at Steven Stamkos between $8 million and $9 million. I’m not suggesting Brayden Point is going to get into that territory, but he’s equally valuable in terms of the offense that he can provide.

“Now, his agent, Gerry Johansson, was recently in Tampa and did meet with Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois. They basically agreed that they wouldn’t be dealing anymore right now in the short term, and that this is something they’ll probably put off until the end of the season.

“And again, if he puts up big numbers, the meter continues to run. But that’s not unusual for these guys coming out of entry-level when they’re as good as guys like Rantanen and Brayden Point.”

Point was taken in the third round of the 2014 draft, 79th overall.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly