Hedman, Victor

Hedman Joins Stamkos; Signs 8 Year Extension with Tampa

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Victor Hedman to an eight-year contract extension worth $7.875-milion per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Hedman, 25, played in 78 games with the Lightning last season, collecting 10 goals and 47 points to go along with a plus-21 rating and 46 penalty minutes. He led all Lightning defensemen for goals, assists (37), points and plus/minus. Hedman led all Lightning skaters for plus/minus, average time on ice (23:03), takeaways (48) and blocked shots (132). His plus-21 rating was a new career high.

The Ornskoldsvik, Sweden native has skated in 470 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over the past seven seasons, registering 49 goals and 229 points to go along with a plus-30 rating and 384 penalty minutes. He’s led all Tampa Bay defensemen for goals in each of his past three seasons and has finished in the top two among Bolt blueliners for scoring in all seven seasons with the club.

“We are very pleased to announce the signing of Victor Hedman to an eight-year contract extension. Victor has matured into one of the top defensemen in the NHL and coming off the recent re-signing of our captain, Steven Stamkos, we've secured another extremely important member of our team,” Yzerman said upon making the announcement. “I'm very appreciative of both Victor and Peter Wallen's efforts to reach an agreement with us at this time.”

Lightning Give Victor Hedman 5-Year Extension

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Victor Hedman to a five-year contract through the 2016-17 season, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

“We are extremely pleased to announce that we have agreed to a five-year contract with Victor,” Yzerman said. “He has shown tremendous growth as a player in just more than two seasons in the NHL while also becoming a key member of our team. We look forward to his continued development in a Lightning uniform.”

"I'd like to thank our owner, Mr. Vinik, and of course GM Steve Yzerman for helping me move forward in my career," said Hedman. "I love it in Tampa Bay with the Lightning and I will do all I can to help this organization be successful on and off the ice."

NHL Game Night: 1-10-10 Lightning at Devils

Fortunately, all this bizarreness results in two important points for the Lightning.

TB-4
NJ-2

Mike Smith allowed a total of 2 goals on 35 shots for the win.

First Period
TB 6:58, Downie 9 (Foster, Malone)(PP)

Second Period
TB 5:13, Bochenski 1 (Stamkos, Foster)(PP)
TB 10:04, Stamkos 22 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)

Third Period
NJ 8:36, Zajac 12 (Langenbrunner, Oduya)
TB 9:35, Stamkos 23 (St. Louis, Bochenski)
NJ 19:26, Parise 20, (Zajac, Langenbrunner)

It was frightening to see the Lightning have less shots on goal in the second half of this game than they had in the first half. Still, they made it stand up. No complaints. Just get out of New Jersey while the lights are still on.

Paul Szczechura ended up -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 15:23. He was also 70% on draws.

Blair Jones had 3 shots and 2 hits in 12:33.

Victor Hedman played a total of 23:11 in this, his graduation game from prospect status on Bolt Prospects.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-9-10 Lightning at Flyers

Is it Richards? Carter? No. Apparently Blair Betts owns the Tampa Bay Lightning.

TB-1
PHI-4

Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
PHI 13:01, Giroux 9 (Richards, Gagne)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
PHI 3:36, Hartnell 10 (Briere, Pronger)
TB 13:05, St. Louis 11 (Stamkos, Downie)
PHI 16:55, Betts 5 (Laperriere, Coburn)
PHI 19:33, Betts 6 (unassisted)(EN)

If Blair Betts played more games against the Lightning, he might be a 30 goal scorer. It's a strange thing to see a Lightning team that put up 6 goals in 4-1/2 periods against Ryan Miller and Martin Brodeur revert back to offensive ineptitude. Of course, when you only get 18 shots on goal, that will happen. Now the Lightning have to go back to New Jersey and try to make a 3-0 lead stand up for 29 minutes. How bizarre.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot in 10:11.

Blair Jones was -1 with 5 penalty minutes in 10:43.

Victor Hedman was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 22:54. At the intersection of weird and unprecedented, Hedman's 41st game of the season was last night, which I suppose means his graduation date will go down as 1/8/10 on the Bolt Prospects Alumni page. But he got one more night tonight to have the spotlight by virtue of Lou and the Devils not being able to keep on their lights. Congratulations to Victor on becoming an NHLer.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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