Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Alex Killorn re-signs with Lightning

TAMPA — The Lightning locked up another one of its key young players Thursday, re-signing left wing Alex Killorn to a two-year, $5.1 million deal.

Killorn was set to become a restricted free agent July 1 and had arbitration rights. He played in all 82 games for the Lightning last season, with 17 goals and 41 points. He will make $2.4 million in 2014-15 and $2.7 million in 2015-16.

"I feel pretty good about (the deal)," Killorn, 24, said. "It seemed like they were very interested in getting me signed, they wanted me to be part of what they have going in the future, so I was excited about that."

The Lightning has been busy in recent weeks signing potential free agents, including giving star rookies Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat identical three-year, $10 million deals. Among those left is defenseman Andrej Sustr, who can be a restricted free agent. Agent Matt Keator said the sides are working toward a conclusion.

Also, the Lightning learned where it will pick in the first round of next week's draft when the league set the order Thursday. It has two first-round picks, its own pick at No. 19 and the Rangers' pick, received in the Ryan Callahan-Marty St. Louis trade in March, at No. 28. The latter pick originally was a second-rounder but became a first when the Rangers made the Eastern Conference final.

Ducks: The team won't re-sign goalie Jonas Hiller, the starter from the 2008-09 season until losing the job late in this regular season to Frederik Andersen and John Gibson.

Hurricanes: Red Wings assistant Bill Peters, 48, was hired as coach. He replaces Kirk Muller, who was fired May 5 after going 80-80-27 in three seasons. The Hurricanes haven't made the playoffs since 2009.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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