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Lightning re-sign forward Anthony Cirelli to three-year contract


TAMPA, FL – MARCH 26: Anthony Cirelli #71 of the Tampa Bay Lightning faces off during a game against the Arizona Coyotes at Amalie Arena on March 26, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Anthony Cirelli to a three-year contract worth $4.8 million AAV, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Cirelli, 23, played in 68 games for the Lightning during the 2019-20 regular season, recording 16 goals and 44 points to go along with a +28 rating and 30 penalty minutes. The Etobicoke, Ontario native ranked tied for the team lead and tied for fifth in the NHL for plus/minus. Cirelli set career highs last season for assists (28), points, plus/minus and power-play points (five). He also led the team for face-offs (914) and face-off wins (434). Cirelli ranked fifth among all NHL forwards for average shorthanded time on ice per game (2:49).

The 6-foot, 193-pound forward also skated in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2020, notching three goals and nine points to go along with two penalty minutes. Cirelli has appeared in 168 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over the past three seasons, posting 40 goals and 94 points to go along with a +64 rating and six shorthanded goals.

The Lightning drafted Cirelli in the third round, 72nd overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft.

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