Nikita Kucherov RUMORS & NEWS

  • Nikita Kucherov leads 3 Stars of the Week "Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 5. FIRST STAR - NIKITA KUCHEROV, RW, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING Kucherov led the NHL..." March 06

  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Placed on injured reserve

    CBS Sports "Kucherov has a lower-body injury and is on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. Despite this move to IR, Kucherov can still be activated ahead of Tuesday's game against the Red Wings, though the team has not provided an update on a timeline for his return yet." December 19

  • McDavid, Kucherov and Crosby only players on pace for 90 points so far

    Pro Hockey Talk "Let’s check in on the NHL scoring race and see where things are headed a quarter of the way through the 2016-17 season. At this point, the Art Ross Trophy still seems to be Connor McDavid‘s to lose as long as he stays in the lineup. Thanks to his 10th goal of the season on Friday night in..." November 27

  • Bolts' Kucherov headlines NHL 3 stars

    TSN "Tampa Bay right-wing Nikita Kucherov, Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford and New York Rangers centre Kevin Hayes have been named the NHL's three stars of the week. Kucherov took first-star honours with three goals and four assists in three games to guide the Lightning to five out of a possible..." November 07

  • Uh oh, Nikita Kucherov might be hurt

    Pro Hockey Talk "As much as this Tampa Bay Lightning – Montreal Canadiens means right now, losing Nikita Kucherov would hang a dark cloud over any result for the Bolts. There hasn’t been an update yet regarding whether Kucherov is actually injured – or if this is a minor vs. significant issue – but there are..." October 28

  • Lightning's Kucherov sustained upper-body injury vs. Canadiens

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov left last night’s game, a 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, and did not return. Kucherov took a hard check midway through the first period and looked to have injured his left shoulder. Kucherov skated to the bench afterward, and did come out for his..." October 28

  • 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