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Nikita Kucherov Close To Deal With Lightning; Expected To Be Signed By Thursday

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Tampa Bay Lightning are close to a contract extension with forward Nikita Kucherov, and TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that a deal is expected to be signed by Tampa Bay's season opener Thursday. 

Kucherov has not been in camp with the Lightning due to the fact that he still wasn't signed to a new deal as he and the Lightning were having issues working out a new deal for the restricted free agent winger. 

Now it appears that Kucherov is here to stay in Tampa, whether that's on a short or long-term deal. 

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