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
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.
Undrafted forward prospect hopes to realize NHL dream
/ NHL.com Correspondent
BRANDON, Fla. -- It took Alex Barre-Boulet a while to find his way to the Tampa Bay Lightning development camp, but the forward from Montmagny, Quebec, believes he's in the right place at the right time.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.