Nikita Kucherov to 'use the full weight of the CBA on' Lightning

Posted On: May 17, 2018   |   Posted By: Yardbarker

While July 1st is known for the opening of free agency, it's also the first day that players with one year remaining on their contracts can sign contract extensions. That will be the case for Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov, who has vastly outperformed his current deal, one that carries a cap hit of $4.767M. In an interview with Sportsnet 650 , Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman suggests Tampa may be in for quite the battle to get a new deal done:“But Kucherov made it pretty clear the last time that they used the full weight of the CBA on him, and next time he's going to use the full weight of the CBA on them.“The last time the 24-year-old was in need of a new deal, he had no arbitration rights and the team was tight to the salary cap. That won't be the case next time around - not only will he be able to go to arbitration, he could conceivably force a one-year deal and get to unrestricted free agency. With Kucherov hitting the 100-point mark plus the expected increase in the Upper Limit, the Lightnin

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