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Ask Burnsie: Prospects ready to contribute & a look at the defense corps

As the offseason rolls on, Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns answers your pressing Twitter questions

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

TampaBayLightning.com beat writer Bryan Burns will answer readers' most intriguing questions in a regular mailbag feature. Be sure to tweet questions to @bburnsnhl and include the hashtag #AskBurnsie to have your question answered in a future mailbag. If your question wasn't answered today, resubmit it in the future and we'll attempt to get it in for another edition. Have fun with your questions too; the more off-beat the query the better.

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Lightning name Derek Lalonde as assistant coach

Former Iowa Wild head coach joins Jon Cooper's staff

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have named Derek Lalonde to the position of assistant coach today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. 

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Lightning re-sign forward Adam Erne to one-year contract

Skating in 23 games for the Bolts last season, Erne recorded three goals and four points

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Adam Erne to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800,000 today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

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No time like the present for Kucherov to sign extension with Lightning

The Bolts worked quickly to keep the forward in Tampa Bay through the 2026-27 season

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay Lightning forward and reigning leading scorer Nikita Kucherov is under contract for one more season and wasn't slated to become a restricted free agent until the conclusion of the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Negotiations between Kucherov's camp and Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman on a new deal didn't appear to be imminent.

But on Tuesday, somewhat unexpectedly, the Lightning announced an eight-year contract extension for Kucherov with an annual average value of $9.5 million dollars, ensuring the All-Star winger will remain in a Tampa Bay sweater through the 2026-27 season and making him the highest-paid player on the Bolts.

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Lightning sign forward Nikita Kucherov to contract extension

The two-time All-Star inks an eight-year contract with the Bolts that keeps him in Tampa Bay through the 2026-27 season

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year contract extension worth an average of $9.5 million today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. The contract keeps Kucherov signed through the 2026-27 season.

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Lightning re-sign forward Cedric Paquette to one-year contract

The Gaspe, Quebec native recorded five goals and nine points in 56 games for the Bolts last season

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Cedric Paquette to a one-year contract worth $1 million, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

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Lightning re-sign defenseman Slater Koekkoek to one-year contract

Skating in 35 games for the Bolts last season, Koekkoek set career highs in goals and points

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Slater Koekkoek to a one-year contract worth $865,000, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

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McDonagh calls Tampa Bay a 'perfect fit' in signing contract

The Bolts and McDonagh agree to an extension that will keep the defenseman in Tampa Bay through 2025-26

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

When Steve Yzerman struck a deal for defenseman Ryan McDonagh at the 2018 trade deadline, the Tampa Bay Lightning general manager did so knowing he'd have McDonagh for at least two potential playoff runs with designs on signing the former New York Rangers captain to a long-term contract.

Yzerman made good on that vision on the first day of 2018 free agency, inking McDonagh to a seven-year contract extension that will take effect after his current contract expires at the end of the upcoming season, meaning McDonagh will remain in a Lightning sweater through 2025-26.

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Lightning sign defenseman Cameron Gaunce to one-year contract

Gaunce appeared in 67 games for the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL last season

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Cameron Gaunce to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

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Lightning re-sign defenseman Ryan McDonagh to contract extension

Cornerstone defenseman commits to Tampa Bay for seven years after 2018-19

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Ryan McDonagh to a seven-year contract extension worth $6.75 million (AAV) per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. The extension will commence with the 2019-20 season.

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