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Lightning Sign Nikita Kucherov To 8-Year Contract

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.”

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