Lightning Lock Up Nick Paul With Big Extension

The Tampa Bay Lightning have locked up pending unrestricted free agent Nick Paul on a long-term deal... 7 years long. 

In an attempt to maintain a manageable cap number, the Lightning got Paul to agree to the lengthy contract that will have a $3.15M average salary. As noted by TSN's Chris Johnston, in exchange, Paul gets long-term security with a great team, and won't be dinged by state taxes like others. 

Paul was acquired at the trade deadline by the Bolts this season, and played a big role in their advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals for the third straight season.

The 26-year-old left winger notched 14 points in 21 games after coming over from the Ottawa Senators. 

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