Nikita Kucherov RUMORS & NEWS

  • Lightning's Kucherov feeling 'rusty' after contract holdout

    Tampa Bay Times "Nikita Kucherov didn't know what to expect after missing training camp due to a contract holdout. While Kucherov, 23, played in the World Cup of Hockey, Thursday's season opener against Detroit was his first game in nearly three weeks. And to Kucherov, it showed. He was a plus-1 in 18:43 of..." October 15

  • Nikita Kucherov returns from Russia as Lightning deal nears

    Tampa Bay Times "Turns out, wing Nikita Kucherov might be available for Thursday's Lightning season opener against the Red Wings after all. Kucherov, 23, a restricted free agent, flew from Russia to Tampa on Monday as he neared a deal with the Lightning. That contract could be finalized today. It would more..." October 11

  • Kucherov signs team-friendly bridge deal with Lightning

    Sportsnet "That breeze you just felt on the back of your neck was Steve Yzerman exhaling. After missing training camp due to ongoing contract negotiations, Nikita Kucherov signed a three-year, $14.3-million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday. The contract, which carries an annual cap hit of..." October 11

  • Talks ‘intensifying’ between Bolts and Kucherov, likely a bridge deal coming

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nikita Kucherov hasn’t signed yet, but according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, he’s “likely” to suit up for the Lightning on Thursday when they open their regular season at home to Detroit. McKenzie reported this morning that negotiations between Kucherov and the Bolts have been “intensifying.” The..." October 10

  • Offer Sheets Could Be Coming Kucherov’s Way

    The Hockey Writers "When we look at the history of teams offering restricted free agents (RFAs) offer sheets, in hopes of plucking players from another team, we can see that the practice is a rarity in today’s NHL. Whether it’s because of the compensation a team must pay for essentially stealing a player, or because..." October 07

  • Offer sheet for Lightning's Kucherov unlikely

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning, still trying to sign restricted free agent wing Nikita Kucherov, is in a salary cap crunch, with between $5 million and $5.5 million of room left, cap website says. Kucherov could warrant $6 million or more annually. Does that make it a perfect storm for another..." October 06

  • McKenzie: Lightning’s Kucherov ‘won’t be available’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "NHL Insider Bob McKenzie outlined the dynamics of a potential offer sheet for restricted free agent Nikita Kucherov this week, but what if a general manager simply wanted to trade for the talented Tampa Bay Lightning forward? Are other general managers kicking the tires on his potential..." October 05

  • Bob McKenzie outlines dynamics of potential Kucherov offer sheet scenario

    Today's Slapshot "Tampa Bay Lightning talent Nikita Kucherov is still without a contract, and the threat of an offer sheet for the restricted free agent – however unlikely – looms. “If anybody’s going to get offer-sheeted, you would think this would be the guy,” said NHL Insider Bob McKenzie during a Monday..." October 04

  • Kucherov won’t report to Bolts until he’s signed

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nikita Kucherov will not report to Tampa Bay Lightning training camp until he’s signed. The 23-year-old winger is not currently under contract, though as a restricted free agent he is partially under club control. From the Tampa Bay Times, which confirmed through GM Steve Yzerman that Kucherov..." September 29

  • Kucherov could present ‘golden opportunity’ for offer sheet

    Today's Slapshot "Fans of the Tampa Bay Lightning are still anxiously waiting for the team to announce a new contract for star restricted free agent Nikita Kucherov. NHL Insider Bob McKenzie addressed the issue Wednesday morning while on Montreal’s TSN 690. “If you’re going to give Nikita Kucherov a long-term..." September 29

  • Still unsigned, Nikita Kucherov is Lightning's offseason enigma

    Tampa Bay Times "On July 1, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he was confident he would re-sign wing Nikita Kucherov, hopefully sooner than later. A month later, Yzerman maintained he expected to get a deal done with the restricted free agent, noting it may take until the start of the season. Late..." September 12

  • Yzerman expects to get Nikita Kucherov signed

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman's offseason couldn't have gone much better so far, especially with the re-signing of captain Steven Stamkos and locking up cornerstone defenseman Victor Hedman long-term. But after avoiding arbitration with center Vladislav Namestnikov Tuesday - signing..." July 28

  • Lightning turn attention to Kucherov after Stamkos, Hedman extensions

    Tampa Bay Times "With captain Steven Stamkos and defenseman Victor Hedman both locked up for eight more years, the attention turns to another foundation-type player, wing Nikita Kucherov. Kucherov, 23, is a restricted free agent, due a big bump from the $700,000 he made last season, when he racked up 30 goals...." July 04