Tampa Bay Lightning fans can breathe a bit easier before the following offseason, knowing that their cap structure and the team’s future are locked in some more. The Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2022 NHL Trade Deadline acquisition will stick around for nine more years after signing his eight-year extension with the Lightning.
Hagel’s current contract expires at the end of the 2023-24 season, and his new contract will begin at the 2024-25 season start. Tampa Bay Lightning vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois released the statement early on Tuesday, August 22nd, about Hagel’s extension. The contract extension is eight years long and worth an average annual value of $6.5 million per season. The contract will have a full no-trade clause in years three and four while shifting to a modified (16-team) no-trade clause in years four to eight.
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The 24-year-old Hagel set career highs in goals (30), assists (34), and points (64) in the 2022-23 season, Hagel’s first full season. Since Hagel’s acquisition by the Lightning, he has looked like a true top-six player when called upon. Hagel was crucial to Tampa Bay going the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals, but the Lightning was caught, and the team fell in six games to the Colorado Avalanche.
Hagel was initially selected in the sixth round at 159th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Hagel wouldn’t make his NHL debut until March 11th, 2020, with the Chicago Blackhawks. Throughout Hagel’s career, he’s appeared in 211 NHL games, posting 64 goals and 68 assists for 132 points. Additionally, Hagel has appeared in 29 NHL Stanley Cup playoff games, where he’s scored three goals and eight assists for 11 points.