Lightning re-sign winger Ondrej Palat for three years
TAMPA, Fla. — Ondrej Palat will stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the foreseeable future.
The team signed the winger to a three-year contract, Tampa Bay vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Monday morning. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun first reported that the deal is worth $10 million.
Palat, 23, was named a Calder Trophy finalist after earning 23 goals and a team-high 59 points last season. Among all NHL rookies, he ranked second in points and third in goals.
A native of Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic, he earned NHL Rookie of the Month honors in January and March last season. His eight-game point streak from Dec. 23-Jan. 9, which included four goals and six assists, was a franchise-best mark for a rookie.
Taken by the Lightning in the seventh round, 208th overall, in the 2011 NHL draft, he has 25 goals and 63 points with a plus-37 rating in 95 career games in the league.
Palat’s contract follows the one awarded to teammate and fellow Calder Trophy finalist center Tyler Johnson on May 23. The award, given to the league’s top rookie, will be announced June 24 in Las Vegas.