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Lightning sign forward Nikita Kucherov to 8-year extension

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Nikita Kucherov to an 8-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.

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

 Kucherov, 5-foot-11, 178 pounds, recorded 39 goals and 100 points in 2017-18, along with a plus-15 rating, eight power play goals and seven game-winning goals.  He ranked third in the NHL for points, sixth for assists and tied for ninth for goals.  

Kucherov led the Lightning in most offensive categories in 2017-18, including goals, assists and points, while also ranking tied for second for power play goals and second for game-winners.  His 19:49 in average ice time led all Tampa Bay forwards.  

The Maykop, Russia native appeared in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2018 as the Lightning lost in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals.  He paced the Bolts with 17 points and was tied for first with seven goals and nine assists.

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