Lightning Re-Sign F Nikita Kucherov to 8-Year Deal

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Nikita Kucherov has signed an eight-year, $76 million extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Kucherov, who was set to be a restricted free agent for the final time next summer, will carry a $9.5 million AAV in each year of the deal. He carries a cap hit of $4.76 million for the 2018-19 season.

“I’m truly grateful to sign this contract extension to keep me in Tampa for the next eight seasons today,” Kucherov said in a team release. “I’d like to thank the Lightning organization and all of the fans for the support since making the Bay Area my home.”

The 25-year-old has scored 30 or more goals in each of the previous three seasons and had seven goals and 17 points in 17 playoff games this past spring.

The Russian winger was drafted by the Lightning in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft and made his debut with the team during the 2013-14 season. He was named to his first All-Star game in 2017 and was honoured again in 2018.

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