Lightning reward F Yanni Gourde with 6-year, $31M deal | NHL


The Lightning have re-signed ahead Yanni Gourde to a 6-year contract with a $5.166-million common annual worth, group vice chairman and GM Julien BriseBois introduced Friday.

Gourde, 26, has 4 targets in 12 video games this season and is tied for second on the group for factors (12) and paces the group for assists with eight. He is additionally tied for the group lead in power-play targets (three) and game-winning targets (two).

“Yanni personifies our group’s identification along with his velocity and relentlessness on the ice and his robust character off of it,” BriseBois stated in an announcement. “He’s proof of how far laborious work and dedication can take you, and we look ahead to him persevering with his profession in Tampa Bay.”

Gourde went undrafted and was acquired by the Lightning in March 2014.

Since then, the Saint-Narcisse, Quebec, native has appeared in 116 NHL video games over 4 seasons however set profession highs for video games performed (82), targets (25), assists (39) and factors (64) final season. He set the Lightning rookie file for targets and factors in a season in 2017-18 and his factors whole ranked third amongst all NHL rookies.

Gourde additionally paced the group and ranked tied for third within the NHL with a plus-34 score.

He performed in all 17 Stanley Cup playoff video games in 2018 and had a pair of targets and 7 factors.

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