The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed ahead Brandon Hagel to an eight-year, $52-million extension, the club announced on Tuesday.
The offer carries a mean annual worth (AAV) of $6.5 million in line with season, and kicks in forward of the 2024-25 NHL season — purchasing out Hagel’s extra years of limited isolated company.
Hagel, 24, unpriviledged out in a big manner for the Tampa Bay Lightning extreme season, serving as a key cog on the govern of the Bolts’ lineup life additionally offering some snarl. He completed attach for 3rd at the group with 30 objectives, his first week attaining the milestone, life notching 64 issues.
The ahead was once acquired alongside two late picks through the Lightning in March 2022 in a offer with the Chicago Blackhawks, with a couple of first-round alternatives in 2023 and 2024 in addition to Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh heading the alternative manner.
With Hagel’s extension, the Lightning lock in but some other noteceable contributor for the foreseeable past. Simply last offseason, Tampa Bay inked defensemen Mikhail Sergachev, Erik Cernak, and ahead Anthony Cirelli to eight-year offers, life additionally signing fellow 2022 closing date pickup Nick Paul to a seven-year extension forward of his pending unrestricted isolated company.
Significantly, given the wage cap’s expected increase over the approaching seasons next years of a flat cap, Hagel’s offer seems not going to handcuff the Lightning in any significant capability transferring ahead.
That’s specifically related for the reason that captain Steven Stamkos is due for a unused commitment nearest summer season as he enters the overall yr of an eight-year commitment he signed again in June 2016. Longtime Lightning veteran and blueline stalwart Victor Hedman could also be drawing near the realization of his commitment, together with his eight-year, $63 million offer — signed simply days next Stamkos’ — all set to run out on the conclusion of the 2024-25 season.