Friday, 1 July 2016

BREAKING: Lightning Sign Victor Hedman to Eight-Year Contract Extension

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced this morning that they have re-signed defenseman Victor Hedman to an eight-year contract extension with an average annual value of $7.875-million.  This news comes on the heels of the team signing Captain Steven Stamkos to a similar eight-year extension just two days ago.

After waiting almost a full year to get Stamkos under contract, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman wasted little time with this Hedman deal.  The towering defender was eligible to sign a deal today, and he signed a deal today.  Like with the Stamkos deal, this contract is incredibly cap friendly for the team considering what they're getting out of it.  Hedman is, without a doubt, one of the league's premier rearguards:
The Bolts will derive tremendous value from Hedman over the term of this contract, and the player will likely be happy with both the financial and personal stability attached to it.  This is a deal that everyone wanted to get done:

When you look at the kind of deals that have been thrown around in free agency this year, specifically Keith Yandle's with the Panthers, it's hard to describe this contract as anything but a win for Tampa Bay.  That, friends, is the bottom line.

With this one checked off, the obvious next item on Steve Yzerman's to-do list is Nikita Kucherov's contract.  The restricted free agent needs a new deal in advance of this coming season, and figures to get a hefty pay raise.  We'll see if that one gets done as quickly as this Hedman deal.  Here's hoping.

As always, thanks for reading.

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