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The Tampa Bay Lightning and right winger Nikita Kucherov announced an agreement Tuesday on an eight-year, $76 million contract extension through the 2026-27 NHL season.

“I’m truly grateful to sign this contract extension to keep me in Tampa for the next eight seasons today,” Kucherov said. “I’d like to thank the Lightning organization and all of the fans for the support since making the Bay Area my home.”

The new deal, which will go into effect after next season, comes with an annual cap hit of $9.5 million.

Kucherov is coming off a career-best campaign that saw him register 39 goals and 61 assists across 80 games. His 100 points ranked third in the NHL behind the Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (108) and Philadelphia Flyers’ Claude Giroux (102).

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