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Lightning re-signs Cedric Paquette to two-year contract

The gritty forward gets a deal worth $3.3 million.
Lightning center Cedric Paquette  celebrates his goal against the Flames in February at Amalie Arena. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Lightning center Cedric Paquette celebrates his goal against the Flames in February at Amalie Arena. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published Jul. 5, 2019

TAMPA — The Lightning re-signed restricted free agent forward Cedric Paquette to a two-year contract worth $3.3 million, general manager Julien BriseBois said Friday.

Paquette, 26 next month, had 13 goals and 17 points in 80 games last season and was one of the Lightning’s top penalty killers. He led the team in hits with 269; since his Lightning debut in 2013, no Tampa Bay player has more hits than Paquette’s 791.

Also last season, Paquette led Lightning forwards in blocked shots with 61. He also led the team with 80 penalty minutes.

The Lightning also re-signed restricted free agent forward prospect Carter Verhaeghe, last season’s AHL points and goals leader, to a one-year, two-way contract. No financial terms were announced. Verhaeghe, 24 next month, had 84 points and 34 goals for Syracuse last season.

Still on Tampa Bay’s list of unsigned restricted free agents: Brayden Point and Adam Erne.