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.
Lightning re-sign defenseman Ryan McDonagh to contract extension
Cornerstone defenseman commits to Tampa Bay for seven years after 2018-19
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.