Lightning re-sign leading scorer Kucherov to 3-year contract


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Nikita Kucherov to a three-year contract worth an annual average of $4.766 million.

Kucherov had 30 goals and a team-best 66 points last season.

The team announced the deal Tuesday, two days before the regular-season opener against Detroit.

Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman kept a talented nucleus intact, beginning with re-signing captain Steven Stamkos to an eight-year, $68 million contract.

Defenseman Victor Hedman received an eight-year, $63 million deal. Backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy got a new deal worth about $3.5 million per season after filling in admirably for an injured Ben Bishop during the playoffs.

Kucherov lead Tampa Bay in playoff scoring last season with 11 goals and 19 points in 17 games.

Over the past two postseasons, Kucherov has 21 goals and 41 points in 43 games. The 23-year-old scored more playoff goals than any player in the NHL over the stretch. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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