Vasilevskiy put pen to paper on an eight-year, $76 million contract extension with Tampa Bay on Monday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
With the deal set to kick in starting with the 2020-21 campaign, the Lightning have locked up Vasilevskiy for the next nine seasons. Even coming off a Vezina Trophy-winning campaign, the franchise netminder won't be the highest paid goalie in the league. Carey Price carries a $10.5 million AAV, though the term on Vasilevskiy's deal was likely too much for the 25-year-old to pass up. The Russian came up just one victory short of hitting the 40-win mark last year, but should be capable of challenging for that threshold in 2019-20.
Vasilevskiy took home the Vezina Trophy at Wednesday's NHL Awards.
Vasilevskiy becomes just the second Russian netminder (Sergei Bobrovsky) to win the Vezina. The 24-year-old Vasilevskiy racked up a league-leading 39 wins this season, along with a .925 save percentage and 2.40 GAA. Vasilevskiy is heading into the 2019-20 campaign on the final year of a bridge deal he signed in July of 2016 and will no doubt be eager to get back over the 40-win mark after coming up just one shy this year.
Vasilevskiy was announced as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy on Saturday.
This is Vasilevskiy's second straight nomination as a finalist for the Vezina. The 24-year-old Russian was stellar in 2018-19, compiling a 39-10-4 record while posting a superb 2.40 GAA and .925 save percentage in 53 appearances. Vasilevskiy should be the first netminder taken off the board in all formats during fantasy drafts next season.
Vasilevskiy dealt with a minor lower-body injury during Tampa's abbreviated postseason, but he's tentatively expected to play in the World Championship, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Despite the Bolts tying an NHL record with 62 regular-season wins, Vasilevskiy and Co. were swept by the Blue Jackets in the conference quarterfinals. The Russian posted an awful 3.82 GAA and .856 save percentage versus Columbus, but he's still very much in the running for the Vezina Trophy since that is based on regular-season success. Vasi went 39-10-4 (six shutouts) to complement a 2.40 GAA and .920 save percentage over 53 regular-season contests. He'll easily be one of the first goaltenders off draft boards ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
Vasilevskiy stopped 18 of 22 shots in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jackets in Game 4 of their first-round series.
Columbus piled on three empty-net goals after Vasilevskiy was pulled late in the third period in a desperate attempt to avoid elimination. The netminder didn't play badly, but as they had been most of the series, the Bolts' skaters were a step slow to the puck, giving the Jackets plenty of extra possession time. Vasilevskiy still has a possible Vezina Trophy to look forward to, but this was still a very disappointing end to what had been until now a brilliant campaign.
Vasilevskiy will be in goal for Game 4 versus Columbus on the road Tuesday, Caley Chelios of the Lightning's official site reports.
Vasilevskiy struggled in Games 1 and 2, but managed to put together a decent Game 3 in which he allowed just two goals on 29 shots (.931 save percentage). The Russian netminder will need to be at his absolute best the rest of the way if the Bolts are going to have any chance of becoming the fifth NHL team to climb back following a 3-0 series deficit.
Vasilevskiy stopped 27 of 29 shots in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Blue Jackets in Game 3 of their first-round series.
The Jackets' final goal was scored into an empty net. Vasilevskiy actually played well in this one, making some huge saves with the Bolts down 2-0 in the second period to prevent a rout, but he didn't get enough help to turn the series around. Tampa Bay now finds itself facing elimination Tuesday in Columbus, and Vasilevskiy may need to find a way to steal it single-handedly to avoid the sweep.
Vasilevskiy will face Columbus for Game 3 on Sunday, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
As one of the NHL's premier netminders, it's been fairly shocking to see him get shelled for nine goals in the first two games of the series. With the Lightning up against the wall, they'll need a top-notch performance out of the 24-year-old with Nikita Kucherov (suspension) and Victor Hedman (undisclosed) both out for Game 3.
Vasilevskiy turned aside 22 of 27 shots in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Blue Jackets in Game 2 of their first-round series.
His stunned body language after he allowed the final third-period goal in Tuesday's shocking comeback victory by the Jackets proved to be a bad omen, and Vasilevskiy didn't look anything like the confident netminder who led the NHL in wins during the regular season. The Bolts suddenly find themselves down 2-0 with the series headed to Columbus on Sunday, and they'll need their No. 1 goalie to regain his focus if they're going to regain some momentum.
Vasilevskiy will guard the goal for Friday's Game 2 against the visiting Blue Jackets, 95.3 WDAE reports.
Vasilevskiy should man the net for the entirety of the Bolts' playoff run, but the postseason started with a shocking home loss for the Lightning after they held a 3-0 lead. The fifth-year netminder will look to get back on track in Game 2 to avoid falling behind 2-0 before heading to Columbus.
Vasilevskiy stopped 22 of 26 shots during Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Everything was going according to script when the Bolts jumped out to a 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission, but Vasilevskiy couldn't make it stick once the Jackets got rolling. The 24-year-old netminder had too good a regular season to think he's going to fall apart after one poor result, so look for him to be laser focused in Game 2 on Friday.
Vasilevskiy will guard the cage at home in Wednesday's Game 1 against the Blue Jackets, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Vasilevskiy was razor sharp in his last start of the regular season Thursday against Toronto, turning aside 29 of 30 shots en route to an impressive 3-1 road victory. The Russian netminder will look to stay dialed in and pick up his first win of the postseason in a home matchup with a Columbus offense that averaged 3.00 goals per game on the road this campaign, ninth in the NHL.
Vasilevskiy made 29 saves in Tampa's 3-1 win over Toronto on Thursday.
His 39 wins lead the league, a title he will win for the season. Vasilevskiy sits third in save percentage (.925) among goalies with at least 40 starts, and fifth in GAA (2.40) in the same group. He now has a chance to carry his team through June.
Vasilevskiy will patrol the road crease for Thursday's game against Toronto, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Vasilevskiy hasn't been his usual self as of late, going 3-2-0 along with a 4.00 GAA and .875 save percentage in his last five starts. He will be tasked with slowing down the league's fourth-best offense in terms of goals per game (3.50). The Russian has a league-leading 38 wins, and will have a good chance to hold that title with just two regular-season games remaining.
Vasilevskiy turned aside 22 of 24 shots in Monday's win over the Senators.
Vasilevskiy got lit up for six goals by the Capitals on Saturday and allowed 18 goals in four games leading up to this contest, so this was a solid bounce-back performance. He's expected to have no more than two more starts this season, and the Lightning will need him to stay on this pace when the playoffs start next week.
Vasilevskiy will get the starting nod for Monday's road clash with the Senators, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
The 24-year-old will be hoping for a better performance after he allowed six goals on 35 shots against Washington on Saturday. Vasilevskiy draws an average matchup, facing an offense that ranks 15th in goals per game this campaign (2.97). Sitting at a league-leading 37 wins, Vasilevskiy is bordering must-start territory, especially against a poor Senators team.
Vasilevskiy made 29 saves in a 6-3 loss to Washington on Saturday night.
He allowed two power-play goals. It was a rare off night for Vasilevskiy, who was looking for his 38th win. But there is some concern that Victor Hedman and Erik Cernak both went down to injury. Cernak looks OK, but Hedman will need to be reevaluated. Losing a Norris-winning defensive stud like Hedman could impact Vasilevskiy's game. Let's hope the absence is temporary.
Vasilevskiy will start between the pipes for Saturday's home tilt against the Capitals, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
In his past five starts, Vasilevskiy is 4-0-1, but has accumulated just a 3.19 GAA and .902 save percentage in that span. He will draw a difficult matchup, facing an offense that ranks fifth in goals per game this campaign (3.37). Backstopping the league's best team, the Russian looks to add to his league-leading 37 win total.
Vasilevskiy stopped 13 of 17 shots in Monday's 5-4 win over the Bruins.
Despite a relatively slow night -- Boston failed to get double-digit shots on net in any period, thanks to 11 blocked shots by the Bolts -- Vasilevskiy still allowed four goals for the third straight start. Tampa's high-powered attack has gotten him the win in two of them, pushing his league-leading total to 37, but his recent slide presents a possible Achilles heel for the runaway Presidents' Trophy winners heading into the playoffs.
Vasilevskiy will start Monday's home matchup with the Bruins, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Boston has been the league's hottest team outside of Tampa Bay for a while now, but that's still not enough reason to look away from Vasilevskiy given the incredible season he's having. The 24-year-old netminder is squarely in the running for the Vezina Trophy with a 36-9-4 record, 2.33 GAA and .928 save percentage. He gave up four goals in a loss to the Blues last time out and will be looking to avoid his first two-game regulation losing streak of the season.
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