Lightning sign Anthony Cirelli to a 3 year contract after putting Kucherov on injury reserve

With Kucherov's $9.5 million off the books, the Lightning do some Christmas shopping.

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This just in, the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed restricted free agent forward Anthony Cirelli to a three year contract worth $4.8 million per season.

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Interestingly enough, Cirelli's new deal mirrors the deal that the team gave defenseman Mikhail Sergachev earlier this offseason. The pair of emerging stars have identical contracts.

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The 23 year old Cirelli played in 68 games for the Lightning during the 2019-20 season, putting up 16 goals and 44 points to go along with a +28 rating and 30 penalty minutes. The Etobicoke, Ontario native ranked tied for the team lead and tied for fifth in the NHL for plus/minus. Cirelli set career highs last season for assists (28), points, plus/minus and power-play points (five). He also led the team for face-offs (914) and face-off wins (434). Cirelli ranked fifth among all NHL forwards for average shorthanded time on ice per game (2:49).