Lightning retain Nick Paul with 7-year, $22 million contract
By FRED GOODALL
AP Sports Writer
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have accomplished one of their top offseason priorities, retaining forward Nick Paul with a seven-year contract worth just over $22 million. General manager Julien BriseBois announced deal Friday, three days after saying the club wanted to re-sign Paul as well as forward Ondrej Palat and defenseman Jan Rutta. The 27-year-old Paul was obtained in a trade with Ottawa in March and filled several roles while helping the Lightning reach the Stanley Cup Final for the third consecutive year. He will earn an average of $3.15 million under the new contract.