GM believes he will be forced to move one of his players to make it under the cap.

GM believes a trade is inevitable.

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It sounds like one cap strapped team will be forced to make a trade just to make it under the National Hockey League's salary cap for this upcoming season.

According to a report from Tampa Bay Lightning insider Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman informed him that "in all likelihood" the team will need to make a move if they want to be cap compliant and re-sign their remaining restricted free agents.

With the announcement of a long term deal for Alex Killorn today, the Lightning now only have just over $8.5 million in cap space remaining with restricted free agents Nikita Kucherov, Nikita Nesterov and Vladislav Namestnikob all left to be signed.

Many believed this problem would be solved with the Lightning trading Ben Bishop at the draft, but that trade never materialized,  and the market for his services is believed to have shrunk considerably since then, it's now unclear who Yzerman is thinking of possibly shipping out of Tampa to make budget.