A great start to the World Cup for Hedman, whose never really wowed on the world stage. The 25-year-old logged 22:54 of ice time in the opener and built off his impressive preseason stint. Team Sweden showed they are a top powerhouse with the victory and the Tampa Bay workhorse blueliner is sure to play an instrumental role in the team's success moving forward.
The signing of Steven Stamkos allowed the Bolts to ink Hedman. The big defender would have been on the market next season, so this is huge news for the team. Hedman is a beast on the ice and in fantasy, but there is only so much money to pay for all of the pieces on that team, so there may be other changes coming for the Bolts. Hedman scored 10 goals and added 37 assists in 78 games in 2015-16 and projects to be a consistent 50-point man for the next several years.
Hedman actually won't be an unrestricted free agent until 2017-18, though general manager Steve Yzerman could wind up restructuring the big puck mover's contract before next season. He currently comes with a cap hit of $4 million and is due for a raise after dazzling yet again this year. Hedman finished with 47 points in 78 regular season games, followed by 14 more in the playoffs. As suggested in the report, the team's top priority will be re-signing superstar forward Steven Stamkos with Hedman's agent saying they'll practice patience in waiting for a new deal. There are rumblings that Hedman could command around $9 million annually, which is consistent with how much P.K. Subban, a star defenseman for the Candiens, currently makes.
Hedman collected a pair of assists and skated to a team-high 26:15 of ice time in Friday's 4-3 win over the Penguins in Game 4.
The beat goes on for the big Swedish defender, who has been all kinds of hot with a whopping 12 points in his last nine games. That gives him a total of 13 points in 14 contests this postseason which equates to 0.93 points per game -- making him certifiably elite by any standard, and even more impressive given his position. At 25 years old, Hedman is in the prime of his career and is illustrating -- as a franchise cornerstone defenseman capable of significantly impacting the outcome of a game -- why he was selected as the second-overall pick in 2009.
Victor Hedman scored a pair of goals in Sunday's Game 5 win over the Islanders.
He opened up the scoring in the first period, then later helped bury the game by connecting on the power play to put the Bolts up by three. Hedman had just one point in the opening round, but he couldn't be contained this series, as the defenseman tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) in the five games against the Islanders, so he'll look to carry over that momentum into the Eastern Conference Final.