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Lightning Sign Nikita Kucherov To 8-Year Contract

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed right winger Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year, $76 million extension that kicks in for the 2019-20 season.

The new deal carries an average annual salary of $9.5 million against the salary cap.

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

Boston Bruins

Bruins Place Jesse Gabrielle On Unconditional Waivers

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The Boston Bruins have placed forward Jesse Gabrielle on unconditional waivers in another step towards contract termination, according to CapFriendly.

Gabrielle, 21, played his entire season in the ECHL, but his season was cut short after suffering another concussion back in March, his third head injury since training camp.

Gabrielle will now become an unrestricted free agent.

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Carolina Hurricanes

Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov In Concussion Protocol

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The Carolina Hurricanes may be without one of their top young stars for the next game or so in their series against the Washington Capitals.

Andrei Svenchnikov is currently in the concussion protocol following his fight with Capitals’ star Alex Ovechkin during last night’s game, which saw Svenchnikov knocked out during the fight.

Hurricanes’ head coach Rod Brind’Amour doesn’t expect Svechnikov to play in game four on Thursday night, according to the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan.

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Eastern Conference

Rangers Agree to Terms With Vitali Kravtsov, Igor Shestyorkin

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The New York Rangers have come to an agreement on entry-level contracts with top prospects Vitali Kravtsov and Igor Shestyorkin, according to The Athletic’s Rick Carpinello.

The prospects’ deals won’t be officially registered until their current KHL contracts officially expire at the end of the month.

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