The Tampa Bay Lightning aren't messing around.
The Bolts have added some muscle to its lineup, acquiring Nick Paul from Ottawa for forward Mathieu Joseph and a 2024 fourth-round pick. Ottawa will also retain 44.5 percent of Paul's salary.
Paul has 11 goals and 18 points in 59 games this year for Ottawa, two points shy of his career-high of 20 that he achieved in back-to-back years. Paul has 66 points in 227 games over seven years.
Paul is a big 6-foot-3 forward that works hard, hits hard, and kills penalties. While offense will never be his specialty, the 27-year-old can terrorize opponents in a bottom-six and possesses a solid wrist shot. Consistency has been a problem in the past, but teammates love how hard he works and he's the type of player teams want deep in the lineup.
Joseph doesn't have a big offensive ceiling either but has good speed, is good physically and in moderation, he can be a very impactful all-around player. Consistency has been an issue for the 25-year-old, though.