The Lightning have signed Victor Hedman to an eight-year contract extension worth $63 million ($7.875M AAV).
Hedman is heading into his final year of a five-year, $20 million dollar deal, but was extended through the 2024-25 season. The former second overall pick is coming off of another great season, where he scored double-digit goals (10) for the third straight season and posted 40-plus points (47) for the second time in his career. He has developed into one of the top defensemen in the NHL and now he is getting paid like one.
Hedman (upper-body) will return to the Lightning lineup in Game 1.
Hedman missed the final three games of the regular season, but he likely sat out the final game as a precaution. Hedman’s return is huge for a Lightning team that will be without at least Anton Stralman on the blueline and Steven Stamkos up front. Hedman had 10 goals and 37 assists (47 points) in78 games this season and had three assists in the Lightning’s seven-game series vs. the Red Wings last year.
Hedman (head) will be in the lineup on Tuesday vs. the Predators.
Hedman practiced on Monday and was on the ice for today’s gameday skate, so it is not surprising that he will suit up tonight vs. Nashville. Hedman missed Saturday’s game vs. Buffalo but has four assists in five games this year.
Hedman (upper-body) is on the ice for Monday's practice.
Hedman missed Saturday’s game with an upper-body injury, believed to be a head injury. However, Hedman was back at practice this morning in a regular jersey and skated in his normal spot on the top-pair. It appears as if Hedman will be back in the lineup on Tuesday vs. Nashville.
Hedman (upper-body) will not play on Saturday vs. Buffalo.
Hedman suffered an injury on Friday and it will keep him out of the Lightning lineup tonight vs. Buffalo. He went through concussion protocol following the hit that injured him, so he could be dealing with concussion symptoms, but he is not expected to miss an extended period of time. With Hedman out, Slater Koekkek has been recalled and will make his season debut.
Hedman (upper-body) did not practice on Friday; questionable for Saturday.
Hedman missed this afternoon’s practice after leaving Thursday’s game with an upper-body injury. Hedman is not expected to be in the lineup on Saturday, but is day-to-day, so he isn’t expected to be out long.