Monday, 10 October 2016

REPORT: Kucherov, Lightning Getting Close to a Deal

After months of radio silence, it sounds like a deal between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nikita Kucherov is getting close.  Per TSN's Bob McKenzie:
If there's one thing the hockey world knows about Bob, it's that he won't go live with that sort of report unless he has a substantive reason to do so.  In short, there is tremendous reason for optimism if you're a fan of Kucherov and the Lightning.

The second part of Bob's report is that any deal for Kucherov will likely be a bridge deal due to Tampa's cap constraints:
This, of course, is something I discussed at length in a blog post earlier in the month.  The conclusion of my "investigation" was that a bridge deal doesn't put Kucherov in a loss position from a dollars and cents perspective when compared to signing a long-term deal now.  In fact, depending on how his post-bridge contracts are structured, he could wind up in a better position.  The argument that a bridge deal is unfair to the player is patently false.

In conclusion, if and when Kucherov signs, just remember to thank your friendly neighborhood blogger:

Here's hoping we see Number-86 in the lineup this week and for many years to come.

As always, thanks for reading.

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