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Lightning, Kucherov come to three-year agreement

25 March 2016: Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) during the NHL game between the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
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Tampa Bay Lightning, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman has announced that the club has re-signed forward Nikita Kucherov to a three-year contract worth an average of $4.766 million per season.

Kucherov, 23, appeared in 77 games with the Lightning last season, in which he scored 30 goals and 66 points to go along with 30 penalty minutes.

He led the team in points and was second in both assists (36) and goals. Kucherov also set career highs for goals, points, power-play goals (nine) and game-winning goals (four). He ranked second on the Bolts in shots (209) and power-play goals, while also pacing the club with 19 multi-point games.

The 5-foot-11, 178-pound forward also played in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning in the 2016 NHL Playoffs where he recorded 11 goals and 19 points to go along with a plus-13 rating.

Kucherov led Tampa during the playoffs for both goals and points. He finished second for goals and sixth for points in NHL in playoff scoring. Over the past two postseasons, Kucherov has tallied 21 goals and 41 points in 43 Stanley Cup Playoff contests. Kucherov has scored more playoff goals than any player in the NHL over the previous two postseasons.

Having skated in 211 career NHL games, all with Tampa Bay over the past three seasons, collecting 68 goals and 149 points to go along with 81 penalty minutes and a plus-50 rating. He’s also appeared in 45 career playoff games, recording 22 goals and 42 points. Kucherov represented Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto last month, posting two goals and three assists in four tournament games. He ranked tied for first on Russia in both goals and points.

The Moscow, Russia native was originally drafted by the Lightning in the second round, 58th overall, at the 2011 NHL Draft.

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