Nikita Kucherov fumed about last season early this summer, something his agent Dan Milstein did not deny. Now Milstein’s back to claim that Kucherov and Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman smoothed things over in a meeting, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.
“(Kucherov and Yzerman) did have a meeting,” Milstein said to Smith. “They got on the same page. There’s no disagreements.
“Everything is good. What was said is done, stays in the past.”
Milstein added that Kucherov “hopes to have a redo this year,” which probably seems to apply to the Lightning as a team in 2017-18.
And, honestly, Kucherov had a point when he seared some of his linemates, though it wasn’t particularly fair to compare them to Steven Stamkos. After all, with 40 goals ranking second and 85 points coming in fifth in the NHL overall – despite the injuries and line juggling – Kucherov clearly came to play, each and every night.
The real test will come soon enough, anyway, as Kucherov’s current ridiculous bargain of a $4.77 million cap hit only lasts through 2018-19, even though he’ll be an RFA after that season.
As usual, winning can heal a lot of wounds, and Kucherov would likely factor into that success in a big way.
More on that from the Tampa Bay Times.