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It was announced on Monday (7/29/19) that the Tampa Bay Lightning resigned veteran goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to a new 8-year contract.

But how much did the Lightning pay? According to SportingNews, Vasilevskiy will receive $76 million dollars over the course of the 8-year deal. So, in doing the math… “Big Cat” will be making an average of $9.8 million dollars per year. Wow!

I say, Congratulations! But in going through my day-to-day routine, I am hearing grumblings from die-hard Lightning fans around town. “The Lightning paid too much”, “Nobody’s worth $10 million a year”,… and more comments like that.

So, I did some digging. According to Spotrac, NHL salary rankings show that a premier goalie in the league is worth… about $10 million dollars.

Goalie Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens earns about $10.5 million dollars per year, and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky makes about $10 million dollars per year playing for the Florida Panthers… right down the street in Miami.

With that knowledge, now what do you think about the Andrei Vasilevskiy deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning? We would LOVE to know what you think. Please leave your comments on k Q105’s Facebook page.

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Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .