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Hedman signs five-year extension with Lightning

Nov 30, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning has locked up Victor Hedman until 2017, signing the 20-year-old Swedish defenseman to a five-year, $20-million extension.

“We are extremely pleased to announce that we have agreed to a five-year contract with Victor,” said Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.  “He has shown tremendous growth as a player in just more than two seasons in the NHL while also becoming a key member of our team. We look forward to his continued development in a Lightning uniform.”

Hedman was drafted second overall in 2009, right behind John Tavares and right before Matt Duchene. Though he hasn’t enjoyed the same amount of success as those two, a defenseman often takes more time to develop than a forward. There will be glaring mistakes and stretches of poor play. Confidence will be gained and lost. And for defenseman, it’s much harder to hide out there.

Hedman has two goals and no assists in 20 games while averaging 22:55 of ice time. Two points isn’t many, but it has to be noted he very rarely gets time on the power play. His role on the Lightning is largely a defensive one.

  1. lsxphotog - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Defensively he has gone from about a 6 his rookie year to a solid 8-9 on a nightly basis. He’s finally playing physical and using his size to his advantage. Eventually I see him becoming more aggressive and physical and a top defenseman in the league. Being a 20-year-old NHL defenseman is hard, so I’m impressed to see him at this level one season after he was making some bonehead plays and skating around like a softie.

  2. sunking1 - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Nice to have this out of the way already.
    Both Stankos and Hedman signed for 5 years
    Connally signed for 3
    MSL26 signed for 4 years
    Vinny signed forever.
    Brewer signed for 4 years
    Now, if we can just get a goalie!
    GO BOLTS!

    • sunking1 - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:56 PM

      *Stamkos
      *Connolly
      (where is the spell check when you need it???)

    • jakobetastic - Nov 30, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      More like desperately need a goalie. Roloson is old as crap and their backup is terrible. All that talent and still can’t beat my Wild. Cal Clutterbuck FTW.

      • grudenthediva - Nov 30, 2011 at 9:47 PM

        Yes, that one game speaks volumes about their fortunes. Tell me, skippy, when was the last time the Wild did anything in the postseason?

        That’s right.

  3. govtminion - Nov 30, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Very good news for Lightning fans (and yes, despite the claims made by the Boston bear, we know you’re out there guys). Hedman is a damned fine D-man, with the potential to make the jump to Norris-status if he keeps going. Good to have him locked up for a while to come.

    …but as others have said here, the Lightning need a goalie yesterday. That they haven’t made a move yet tells me one of two things- 1) anyone they’ve tried to get a goalie from have been content to let them twist in the wind, or 2) they’re insane and believe Roloson will even out soon. I expect that once the Islanders get healthy in net again (well, ‘healthy’- DiPietro, you know?), they’ll be willing to talk about Nabokov.

  4. muttbolts - Nov 30, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Garon is a great back up. But has problems if he starts more than 2 in a row.3 mil a year for roli was stevie ys only bad move so far.if he dosent get a true #1 soon,bolts r done.

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