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Lightning make a pair of signings, including Joseph, and begin to cement their 2021 roster

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced a pair of signings, inking RFAs Mathieu Joseph and Alex Volkov to brand new contracts. 

Joseph earns himself a a two-year, one-way contract worth $737,500 per season, while Volkov earns himself a one year, one-way contract worth $700,000.

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With Joseph and Volkov under contract and with the signings of Erik Cernak and Jan Ruutta yesterday, the Lightning have just Anthony Cirelli to ink ahead of the January 13th 2021 start date.

The 23 year old Joseph, who was selected in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, played in 37 games with the Lightning last season, posting four goals and seven points to go along with 16 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward also appeared in 29 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL last season, collecting six goals and 15 points.

The 23 year old Volkov, who was selected in the second round (48th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, played in nine games with the Lightning last season, recording one assist and six penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut on October 30, 2019 against the New Jersey Devils and registered his first point with an assist on January 14 versus the Los Angeles Kings. The Moscow, Russia native made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Dallas Stars.