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NHL Lightning sign trio of players to eight-year extensions

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defensemen Mikhail Sergachev and Erik Cernak as well as forward Anthony Cirelli to eight-year contract extensions on Wednesday.

Sergachev signed for an average annual value of $8.5 million, Cirelli for $6.25 million and Cernak for $5.2 million.

Sergachev, 24, recorded 38 points (seven goals, 31 assists) in 78 games last season.

He has totaled 174 points (36 goals, 138 assists) in 362 career games with the Montreal Canadiens and Lightning. He was selected by the Canadiens with ninth overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft before being dealt to Tampa Bay in June 2017 for forward Jonathan Drouin.

Cirelli, who turns 25 on Friday, had 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) in 76 games last season.

He has totaled 159 points (66 goals, 93 assists) in 294 career games with the Lightning.

Cernak, 25, had 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) in 55 games last season.

He has 59 points (16 goals, 43 assists) in 226 career NHL games with Tampa Bay.

In addition, the Lightning inked defenseman Ian Cole to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The 33-year-old veteran spent the past season with the Carolina Hurricanes, scoring 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) in 75 games. Over 12 seasons with six teams, he has tallied 165 points (29 goals, 136 assists) in 670 games.

–Field Level Media

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