Tampa Bay Lightning keep future bright, extend Sergachev, Cirelli, and Cernak

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Jan 13, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81) talks with defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defensemen Mikhail Sergachev and Erik Cernak as well as forward Anthony Cirelli to eight-year contract extensions on Wednesday.

Sergachev signed for an average annual value of $8.5 million, Cirelli for $6.25 million and Cernak for $5.2 million.

Sergachev, 24, recorded 38 points (seven goals, 31 assists) in 78 games last season.

He has totaled 174 points (36 goals, 138 assists) in 362 career games with the Montreal Canadiens and Lightning. He was selected by the Canadiens with ninth overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft before being dealt to Tampa Bay in June 2017 for forward Jonathan Drouin.

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Mar 16, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) celebrates after scoring a goal against Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) during the third period at Climate Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Cirelli, who turns 25 on Friday, had 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) in 76 games last season.

He has totaled 159 points (66 goals, 93 assists) in 294 career games with the Lightning.

Cernak, 25, had 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) in 55 games last season.

He has 59 points (16 goals, 43 assists) in 226 career NHL games with Tampa Bay.

In addition, the Lightning inked defenseman Ian Cole to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The 33-year-old veteran spent the past season with the Carolina Hurricanes, scoring 19 points (two goals, 17) assists in 75 games. Over 12 seasons with six teams, he has tallied 165 points (29 goals, 136 assists) in 670 games.

–Field Level Media