Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning Agree to New 8-Year Contract Worth AAV of $9.5M

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2019

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy skates around after giving up a goal to the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series Friday, April 12, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy agreed to a massive eight-year contract Monday that will pay him an AAV of $9.5 million, general manager Julien BriseBois announced.

"The Lightning are very proud to extend Andrei for another eight years today," BriseBois said in a statement. "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." 

The deal makes Vasilevskiy the NHL's third-highest-paid goaltender in terms of AAV, behind only Carey Price and Sergei Bobrovsky. The 25-year-old posted a 39-10-4 record with a 2.40 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 2018-19, winning his first Vezina Trophy.

"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 has a 124-59-15 career record with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage through five NHL seasons. He's been the team's primary starter for each of the past three seasons, emerging as perhaps the most promising goaltender in the sport.

The 2019-20 season was slated to be the final year of his contract, so the Lightning needed to get an extension done before the team enters camp in the fall. Tampa will start next season among the favorites for the Stanley Cup but are looking to rebound from an embarrassing first-round sweep by the Columbus Blue Jackets after earning the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last term.

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