Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year contract extension for $9.5 per season. The Russian native is signed through the 2026-27 season. A two-time NHL All-Star, Kucherov scored 39 goals last season.
Former Tampa Bay Lightning star Martin St. Louis joined New Jersey Devils goalie legend Martin Brodeur, two former Olympic gold medalists, former NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL's first black player named 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame members.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the expansion Vegas Golden Knights are a success story, not a Cinderella story. Tampa Bay can meet Vegas in the Stanley Cup finals with a Game 6 win in the Eastern Conference finals on Monday, May 21, 2018.
Anthony Cirelli's last-second goal during the Tampa Bay Lightning's 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final on Thursday, May 17, 2018, cost under bettors. The over/under was set at either 5.5 or 6.