KUKLA’S KORNER: reports the Tampa Bay Lightning have announced the re-signing of forward Ondrej Palat to a three-year contract extension. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No great surprise here. Palat, 23, is coming off an entry-level deal and is nominated (along with teammate Tyler Johnson) for the Calder Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year. Johnson also recently re-signed a three-year extension worth $3.33 million annually. I can see Palat earning a similar salary. Palat finished second in rookie scoring and in Lightning scoring with 59 points.
**UPDATE** TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports Palat’s new contract is indeed similar to Johnston’s three-year, $10 million deal. LeBrun tweets it will “break down as $2.8 M, $3.2 M and $4 M per year.” The average cap hit will remain $3.33 million.