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TAMPA BAY -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Vladislav Namestnikov to a two-year contract worth an annual average of $1,937,500-million per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Wednesday.

Namestnikov, 23, skated in 80 games with the Lightning during the 2015-16 season, collecting 14 goals and 35 points to go along with 45 penalty minutes. The Zhukovskiy, Russia native set career highs this past season for games played, goals, assists, points and plus/minus (plus-17). Namestnikov ranked second on the Bolts for plus/minus, was tied for fourth for goals and seventh for points. He registered his first career NHL hat trick on January 15 this past season against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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The 5-foot-11, 180-pound forward has appeared in 127 career NHL games, posting 23 goals and 51 points to go along with 62 penalty minutes. Namestnikov has also played in 29 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning, recording a goal and four points. He skated in 17 playoff games with the Lightning in 2016, collecting a goal and three points.

Namestnikov was originally drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 27th overall, at the 2011 NHL Draft.