Vasilevskiy gets massive 8-year extension from Lightning
Deal is worth an average of $9.5M per year
Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has signed an eight-year, $76 million US contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The team announced the deal — worth an average of $9.5 million per season — with the Vezina Trophy winner on Monday.
Lightning vice-president and general manager Julien BriseBois says the 25-year-old has "shown unmatched work ethic and professionalism both on and off the ice" and that the club looks forward to Vasilevskiy "continuing his career in Tampa Bay for the foreseeable future."
The two-time All-Star appeared in 53 games last season, going 39-10-4 with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage while helping Tampa Bay match the NHL single-season record with 62 wins.
In addition to setting career highs for goals-against average and save percentage, Vasilevskiy led the NHL in wins and tied for fourth with six shutouts.
Ultimately, though, the season ended in disappointment, with the Lightning being swept in the first round of the playoffs.
Vasilevskiy has played in 208 career games, posting a 124-59-15 record with a 2.55 goals-against average and .919 save percentage with 18 shutouts. He is 15-15 in in 33 career playoff games with a 2.83 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
Devils acquire Gusev from Vegas
The New Jersey Devils acquired forward Nikita Gusev in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday.
The Golden Knights received a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2021 draft.
Gusev, 27, agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract with the Devils following the trade. The Russian was a restricted free agent.
Gusev signed a one-year, entry-level contract with Vegas in April in the midst of its first-round series with San Jose. The Sharks would beat the Golden Knights in seven games and Gusev would not play in the series.
Gusev played in the Kontinental Hockey League since the 2010-11 season. With SKA St. Petersburg last season, he led the league in scoring with 82 points (17 goals, 65 assists), earning KHL MVP honors.
Gusev was also named the Best Forward at the 2018 Olympics, where he scored 12 points in Olympic Athletes from Russia's run to the gold medal.