Rumors of a new deal for 30 goal scorer Nikita Kucherov.

This is a curious move.

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It sounds like Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherob may finally get his new deal.

With very little time remaining before the start of the season it appears that the two sides have finally decided to kick negotiations into overdrive, with Kucherov reportedly leaving Russian and coming back to the United States.

It's still unclear how far apart the two sides are, and for a very long time it appeared no deal could get done without a trade being made first by the Lightning, and there's no reason to suspect anything has changed in that regard.

Kucherov was training in Russia so his move does indicate the deal is close to being signed, but whether or not he takes a pay cut, or Tampa ejects a player remains to be seen.