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Tampa Bay Lightning re-sign goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to an 8-year deal

Posted at 10:04 AM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 00:19:30-04

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to an 8-year-deal with an average annual value of $9.5 million, $76 million overall.

"I'm very excited to sign this extension with the Lightning today," Vasilevskiy said. "I'd like to thank the entire organization, including Mr. Vinik, Julien BriseBois and the great Bolts fans, for making this such a great place to play and live for me and my family."

Vasilevskiy, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, played in 53 games for the Lightning last season, posting a 39-10-4 record to go along with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. He set career highs for goals-against average and save percentage en route to becoming Tampa Bay's first Vezina Trophy-winner as the NHL's top goaltender. Vasilevskiy led the NHL for wins, was ninth for goals-against average, tied for sixth for save percentage and tied for fourth for shutouts with six. He was selected to represent the Lightning at the NHL All-Star Game for the second time in 2019.

"The Lightning are very proud to extend Andrei for another eight years today," BriseBois said. "Since joining the organization Andrei has shown unmatched work ethic and professionalism both on and off the ice. We look forward to him continuing his career in Tampa Bay for the foreseeable future."

Vasilevskiy is the team's all-time leader in saves and shutouts.

He was drafted by the Lightning 19th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft.