Lightning sign Andrei Vasilevskiy to three-year extension
The Lightning will soon have to make a decision in net, with goalie Ben Bishop entering the final year of his deal and only one goalie allowed to be protected in next year's expansion draft.
And Tampa Bay has now made a strong commitment to Andrei Vasilevkiy, 21, signing him to a three-year extension Friday worth $3.5 million annually. Vasilevskiy has one year left on his deal at $925,000.
"He wanted to show Tampa that he's prepared to committ and let's see what happens," Vasilevskiy's agent Rolly Hedges told the Times. "He just wanted to show what he can do, wanted to be part of the organization. He could have waited a year, but he wanted to show he's a team player."
Hedges said there were no guarantees given by Tampa Bay regarding next year's expansion draft, Vasilevskiy doesn't have a no move or no trade clause. Bishop has one year left on his deal at $5.95 million, and has been a subject of trade rumors.