The Tampa Bay Lightning and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy have agreed on a new deal. The contract that both sides have agreed on is supposedly worth 8-years and a total of $76 million which is a $9.5 million AAV.
Vasilevskiy and the Lightning came to terms a year before his current contract would have run out.
Although the signing of a goalie of this talent is helpful to any team in the league, this now puts the lightning $6 million dollars closer to the cap hit. Before signing this deal, The young Russian goalie made only $3.5 million per year.
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Andrei Vasilevskiy has signed an 8-year extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning. A $9.5M AAV, with almost $45M in bonuses
Not to say that Vasilevskiy is undeserving of this payday, frankly because it is long overdue, but it puts more pressure on the Lightning having to fill other spots in their line up.
Last year was an early exit for the Lightning, but Vasilevskiy has helped them get deeper into the playoffs the 3 years prior.
So far in his early NHL career, Vasilevskiy has played 208 games. His record is 124-59-15 with a GAA of 2.55 and a save percentage of 0.919%. He also has 18 shutouts credited to his name.
Vasilevskiy will grow to become a leader for this team and soon enough will help lead the City of Tampa to another Stanley Cup.